Published on May 29, 2016 Greenbarge Reporters
Former Nigeria Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that the struggle for democratic governance in Nigeria cannot be complete without the mention of late Chief M.K.O Abiola.
He said also that worth mentioning in the nation’s democratic practice is late
Shehu Yar’Adua, a retired military General.
In his message to mark Nigeria’s Democracy Day, the former Vice President explained that as Nigerians celebrate democracy day, the memory of the late Shehu Yar’Adua and M.K.O. Abiola would resonate across the country.
He said that the sacrifices of countless others who paid the supreme price for opposing dictatorship would also not be forgotten.
Atiku, who is top leader in the All Progressives Congress (APC), noted that democracy, despite its limitations and challenges, remains the best form of government anywhere in the world.
According to Atiku, the freedom to choose leaders makes democracy fashionable, adding that any system that subverts the will of the people destroys the progress of the society.
Atiku, who is also the Turaki Adamawa, said that as an active participant in the democratic struggle in Nigeria and an ardent proponent of the rule of law, rather than the rule of man, he recognises the sacrifices of gallant Nigerians whose struggles brought the country to the current stage.
On the current challenges facing the ordinary Nigerians, the former Vice President said that there is no democratically elected leader that would intentionally hurt the voters that put him into office.
He said that the APC administration is committed to the welfare of Nigerians and that the current challenges are temporary.
According to him, the 2016 budget is specifically targeted to address the basic needs of the ordinary Nigerians, explaining that the implementation of the budget would bring succour to Nigerians.
He therefore advised Nigerians not to lose hope because of the current temporary challenges that they are going through.
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