- Bola Tinubu, APC national leader, has joined millions of Nigerians to celebrate 21st Democracy Day
- The former Lagos governor said democracy is not only about conducting elections on every four-year basis but also recognising human's equality before the law
- Hailing the significant impact of MKO Abiola and other, Tinubu said democracy is about acknowledging that all human beings are of essential value
In the spirit of democracy, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commemorated with millions of Nigerians on the 21st anniversary of democratic rule in the country.
Speaking through his media aides, Tunde Rahman and Ademola Oshodi on Thursday, June 11, Tinubu said democracy does not come on the platter of gold but "some people laboured, struggled and sacrificed for it."
The APC national leader noted that the principle of democracy is more than conducting election, but that all human beings are of essential value and are possessed of fundamental rights and liberties.
Tinubu also hailed the significant impact and sacrifice of late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, saying the late politician and business mogul was denied of his victory but he remains the first democratic president of the country.
"Bashorun Moshood Abiola stood fast and strong despite the enormous pressure against him. Those who hated democracy and equality tried to break his spirit and make him lose hope that democracy would ever come to our land. Abiola withstood it all and held to a dream.
"They could not crush his spirit so they took his body. They did not allow his dream turn to reality but victory was still his because he held fast with uncommon determination and principle. In spirit, Abiola was truly the first president of this democratic period," Tinubu said.
The former governor also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for having the courage in announcing June 12 as Nigeria's Democracy Day.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as Nigeria marks 21st anniversary of uninterrupted democratic run, many people have expressed displeasure over the state of the country, submitting that the things are not moving the right direction to reflect the true intents of democracy.
The Nigerians voiced their displeasure against the backdrop of myriad challenges and obstacles facing Nigeria since the emergence of the civilian rule.
Recall that Nigeria used to mark the day on May 29 until 2018 when President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 as the new Democracy Day in order to appreciate the sacrifice of MKO Abiola and another democracy heroes.
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