As Nigeria celebrates 2021 Democracy Day, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has called on Nigerians to stand firm for democracy.
In a congratulatory message to the nation,Tinubu said democratic good governance must be pursued as solution to Nigeria’s challenges.
The APC leader, appealed to Nigerians to stand for democracy in spite of the challenges facing the nation,“Democratic good governance offers the only reasonable solution to the challenges confronting Nigeria.
“Thus, we must stand for democracy today. We must stand for it, even more, tomorrow”.
The former governor of Lagos State also urged Nigerians to stand against whatever could hinder democracy.
He urged them to stand against those engaging in insurrection and violence as well as those trading in bigotry and hatred,“We contend against those who would render the people ignorant and poor.
“We celebrate Democracy Day not only because we have come far but to help give us the social fuel and encouragement to continue onward because we have farther to go and even greater things to achieve as one nation and one people,” Tinubu said
The APC leader urged Nigerians to remember MKO Abiola whose victory on June 12, 1993, Presidential Election was ‘stolen’ adding that, without Abiola’s historic efforts and sacrifices, June 12 would not have been declared the nation’s Democracy Day.
In his words,”On this day, let us remember MKO Abiola whose victory in the June 12th 1993 presidential election was stolen from him. Yet he remained steadfast and surrendered his own life so that we all might enjoy the democratic victory that was taken from him. Without his historic effort and sacrifice, this day would not be democracy day. It would be a downcast and disappointing one. Let us also remember all others who also sacrificed so much to bring democracy to this land.
We best honor these people not by reciting their names but by injecting the spirit and hope of democracy into our words and deeds. In becoming better democrats, we also become better at being Nigerians,” Tinubu stated.
The APC leader also urged Nigerians to remember others who sacrificed so much to bring democracy to Nigeria