- Senator Uba Sani has joined eminent Nigerians to celebrate Democracy Day
- The lawmaker described late MKO Abiola and late Gani Fawehinmi as the heroes of Nigeria's democracy
- According to him, the two late leaders gave their all to allow Nigerians to enjoy democracy
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central at the Senate, Mallam Uba Sani, has saluted heroes and heroines of the struggle against military authoritarianism and flagrant violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people in Nigeria.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Dambatta, reports that the senator said on Friday, June 12, in a statement to commemorate Democracy day, that the heroes and architects of modern Nigerian democracy who paid the ultimate price to entrench an enduring democracy in Nigeria included the late Chief MKO. Abiola and late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN.
"They gave their all so that we can enjoy freedom," he said.
He also acknowledged Governor Nasir El-Rufai's strides in Kaduna state, saying that he has remained unwavering in his determination to make the state a model of progress and development and is deserving of the people's total support.
While noting the efforts of the founding fathers of Nigeria who laid its foundation for democracy, Senator Uba also recognised President Muhammadu Buhari’s political sagacity for being able to recognise the monumental political wrong done Chief Abiola and moving on behalf of all Nigerians, to apologise to his family and associates.
He said: "Chief Abiola was a unifying factor and the best tribute we can pay to him on this auspicious occasion is to rededicate ourselves to building a united, just and equitable Nigeria.
"I remember fondly the symbol of Nigeria's modern democracy, Chief Moshood Abiola, who won the freest presidential election that was unfortunately annulled by the then ruling military junta. That annulment of the people's popular will set off a chain of events that almost brought our dear country to its knees.
"I salute in a special way my departed mentor, the inimitable and exemplary legal and human rights icon, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, GCON. He was an extraordinary gift to Nigeria who contributed immeasurably to the struggle against military authoritarianism, growth and development of Nigeria's democracy, the advancement of the fundamental rights and freedoms of Nigerians, and the extension of the frontiers of the law."
The senator described Chief Fawehinmi as his most dependable ally in the pro-democracy struggle.
He further stated: "We also shared a passion for education, especially the education of the unprivileged and underserved children. He did not hesitate in accepting my advice to extend his scholarship scheme for bright but indigent students to the northern part of Nigeria.
"When he instituted the scholarship programme in the north, he made me the coordinator. Thousands of northern students have enjoyed scholarships through that programme. Chief Fawehinmi lives in the hearts of those beneficiaries. They are all today contributing to making our nation a better place."
Urging Nigerians to remain resilient and keep faith with the nation's democracy, Uba Sani noted, however, that there are huge challenges but with focus, faith and determination they can be turned to opportunities.
"Our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari is not resting on his oars. He has received the Economic Sustainability Report from Vice President Osinbajo. He is keen on effectively implementing the report in order to reposition and strengthen our economy.
"I deeply appreciate the good people of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone. They are my number one priority. We have made some progress.
"But we shall not rest on our laurels. I pledge to redouble my efforts to ensure the safety, welfare and security of my people. With your continued support our zone in no time will be restored to its pride of place," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that one of late Abiola's children, Jamiu, advised Nigerian leaders to move the country forward by taking a cue from his father.
It was reported that while disclosing this during an interview with Channels Television on Friday, June 12, Abiola's son urged leaders to be selfless in their service to Nigeria.
Speaking on the occasion of Democracy Day as many Nigerians celebrate across the country, Jamiu called on everyone to look beyond what his father did.
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