President Muhammadu Buhari attended the national Democracy Day on Wednesday, June 12, amidst great fanfare and pomp, as the nation marked 20 years of unbroken democracy.
As Nigeria celebrates a continued democracy era, it is necessary to highlight some very important things President Buhari said during the significant event.
Here are therefore 9 very important things nobody should miss from the president's address:
1. I respect what INEC has been doing
President Buhari said he respects the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and that he ensured the electoral body got the materials they needed for the fair conduct of elections in the country
2. I am grateful for the support for my re-election
The president said that he is grateful for all who worked for his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and added that he is especially grateful to those who have been voting him since 2003.
3. Nigeria is a great nation
Buhari said the nation is great and cited United Nations (UN) recent report that said Nigeria’s population will be 411 million by 2050, saying it will make the country the most populous nation on earth behind China and India.
4. Nigeria is the big brother to her neighbours
The president said that Nigeria, through its many peacekeeping missions in neigbouring countries has been a big brother in ensuring that they enjoy peace. He cited some of the countries Nigeria has militarily assisted as Gambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa.
5. Our roads, electricity grid, ports and rail system must be modernized
Buhari said that despite the enormous resources that has been pledged to develop the infrastructure in the country, there is an urgent need to modernize the nation’s roads and bridges, electricity grid, ports and rail system.
6. I have no other career but public service
The president said has he given his whole life to public service as he has been a public servant all throughout his adult life. He listed the places he has served in as Kaduna, Lagos, Abeokuta, Makurdi, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Ibadan, Jos, and Abuja.
7. Only the partisan will doubt our progress
Buhari said though the country has not been able to surmount all its challenges, there has been some progress in the fight against them. He added that only those who do not want to be truthful will doubt the success that has been achieved.
8. If China, India could do it, Nigeria can too
The president said that despite the huge obstacles China and India faced in achieving a developed nation, they did it anyway. He said that if those two countries could succeed, Nigeria will too.
9. I appreciate local producers and small businesses
Buhari said that small businesses and local producers who make things for exports and local consumption are the strengths of the economy.
See full statement below:
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that President Buhari renamed the Abuja Stadium as the Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola Stadium.
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The president made this decision in honour of the late businessman and presidential aspirant on Wednesday, June 12.
The late business mogul won a highly rated election which was later annulled by Ibrahim Babangida.
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