Former governor of Lagos State, Sen. Bola Tinubu on Sunday warned against taking the present democracy in Nigeria for granted and said that there are those who would like to do nothing else but truncate it if the country is not vigilant.
Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stated this in his message on this year’s Democracy Day and President Muhammadu Buhari’s second year in power.
He said, “Democracy Day and our commemoration of it must be more than an empty ritual. It must add up to more than another reason to have another holiday. We, as a people, choose democracy as our preferred form of governance not because it would be easy to achieve or to hold even once we have it.
“We choose democracy because history has taught us that the welfare of the people is best and perhaps only secured by government responsive and accountable to the people. This can only be democracy.
“Many Nigerians have fought and sacrificed to enshrine democracy as our way of governance. We mark this day in honour of these people, many of whom laboured in obscurity and without proper thanks, to achieve this precious thing for the nation.
“We mark this day to keep in remembrance that we must not take this good form of government for granted. We must keep and nurture it, not for democracy’s sake, but for our own sake. We must remember that should we fall asleep, there are those who would like nothing better than to take our democracy from us.”
On Buhari’s two years as president he said, “I congratulate Nigerians on this day. I congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and urge him and his administration to continue to do all it can to protect and improve our democratic way of life.”
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