Democracy Day: President Buhari to address Nigerians

Democracy Day: President Buhari to address Nigerians

- Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, will address the Nation on Friday, June 12

- The presidency said the address from Buhari is in commemoration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day

- All media outlets have been advised to hook up to the network services of the NTA and Radio Nigeria for the broadcast

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Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari will address the Nation on Friday, June 12, in commemoration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day, the presidency has disclosed.

A spokesperson of the president, Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari will address Nigerians in a broadcast scheduled for Friday at 7am.

Buhari addresses Nigerians on Friday

The address is scheduled for Friday, June 12, at 7am on the NTA and Radio Nigeria. Photo credits: Femi Adesina
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He urged all broadcasting stations and electronic media outlets to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast.

Meanwhile, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, has described June 12, 1993, annulled election as the most defining moment in Nigeria's history.

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According to him, the struggle to free Nigerians from the shackles of bondage will continue until the country is restructured into federating units.

Adams, in a statement on Thursday, June 11, by his special assistant on media, Kehinde Aderemi, expressed joy that part of the dreams of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) under his leadership, has been realized with the celebration of June 12 as the authentic democracy day.

The Yoruba leader, however, regretted that despite the sacrifices of the activists and pro-democracy groups, democracy is yet to take its root in Nigeria.

He expressed hope that Nigeria can only get it right with true federalism, pointing out that the only way out of the political logjam is to let the federating states develop at their own pace.

This has always been our problem. All our leaders have lost touch with the people at the grassroots, that is why we must continue to press for justice until we get the best for Nigeria and Nigerians.

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Aare Adams also said the lesson of June 12 election is, indeed, for a lifetime for everybody, stressing that no matter how long the long arm of lies persists, the truth will one day prevail.

In another news report, the federal government has declared Friday, June 12, as a public holiday to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebration.

The Nation reported that the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government on Monday, June 8, congratulated all Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country.

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Legit.ng gathered that the minister commended the heroes of democracy for their dogged determination and sacrifice which eventually birthed democratic governance in Nigeria.

A statement signed by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, quoted Aregbesola as calling on all Nigerians to continue to cherish the selfless efforts made to attain democracy.

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He urged Nigerians to collaborate with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to ensure the realisation of the democratic ideals which these patriots fought for, even at the cost of their lives.

Meanwhile, with Nigerian borders becoming alarmingly porous which has made the continual infiltration of armed bandits and criminals easy, the federal government has raised a vital security concern.

Speaking during the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday, June 10, Rauf Aregbesola, interior minister, disclosed that the Nigerian borders are too artificial to be manned and controlled.

The minister spoke against the backdrop of security challenges facing the country as smugglers and brigands continue to enjoy unhindered movement in and out of the country despite the closure of the border due to Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the minister, Nigeria's boundaries are artificial and that alone makes it "very difficult to police outside police engagement strategy.

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