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Democracy Day Celebration: Atiku Urges Nigerians To Keep Their Hopes Alive



FB_IMG_1560335863755 Democracy Day Celebration: Atiku Urges Nigerians To Keep Their Hopes Alive

June 12 is on the soul of our democratic battle; a threshold in our nationwide life.

The importance of the celebration of June 12, 1993, Presidential Election is a reminder of our historical past to changing into a democratic nation. On today twenty-six years in the past, Nigeria voted for democracy towards the jackboot notion of oppressive totalitarianism.

The collective resolution by Nigerians to elect democracy on that day was to not aggrandize the political elite or to interchange the army dictatorship with civilian autocracy. No! The selection of democracy was to revive energy to the folks.

Suffice it to state that the thought of June 12 isn’t merely to declare it as a Democracy Day – a lot as celebratory and commendable it might sound. The concept behind the occasion of June 12, 1993, embodies one thing a lot greater than that. It was a threshold second in our nationwide life that calls for of us as democrats to do a soul looking out and ask the salient query of all time: how higher off are Nigerians?

It isn’t sufficient to declare June 12 a Democracy Day when the federal government of the day is disrespectful of the rule of regulation and wantonly disregards court docket orders on points that border on elementary human rights. It isn’t sufficient to declare June 12 a work-free day when the bizarre folks of Nigeria nonetheless don’t have the liberty to discover a higher life from the suffocating grip of poverty, when Nigeria is now the worldwide headquarters of utmost poverty. It isn’t sufficient to declare June 12 a work-free day when a disproportionate variety of residents will not be certain of the place their subsequent meal will come from and when the sanctity of their lives isn’t assured. It isn’t sufficient to declare June 12 a work-free day when freedom of the press, and of speech, fundamentals of democracy is being assailed.

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As a compatriot who stood shoulder to shoulder with the icon of the June 12 battle, Chief MKO Abiola of blessed reminiscence, I do know first-hand that the selection of HOPE as his marketing campaign slogan wasn’t merely a populist tokenism. He didn’t imply to deceive Nigerians with a hope he couldn’t ship upon. And, right now, the minimal requirement for any June 12 convert is to demand of them wherever they could be – both in authorities or in personal lives – to ship on the guarantees they made to the folks.

It’s subsequently not acceptable that an administration which had a possibility of 4 years to ship the promise of change to Nigerians, not solely reneged on that promise however propelled the nation right into a near-comatose state will lay claims to being a real pal of the June 12 battle.

To be a lover of June 12 is to imagine within the widespread good of the folks. June 12 is in regards to the political management having the main target to retool the Nigerian economic system. It’s about having the abilities to create wealth and jobs for the teeming mass of unemployed. It isn’t in regards to the inclination for shared pains; it’s about shared prosperity.

As we have fun yet one more episode of the June 12 battle, the need for hope is extra preponderant right now a lot because it was twenty-six years in the past. So, for all true lovers of democracy, allow us to preserve the HOPE alive.

June 12, 2019
Atiku Abubakar
Waziri Adamawa
Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007.

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