Democracy Day: President Buhari Bids Nigerians Goodbye

President Muhamadu Buhari has noted that today, June 12, would be exactly 30 years from the 1993 presidential elections, and the last he would address Nigerians on the occasion as their president.

He, therefore, charged Nigerians that in honour and memory of one of the national heroes for democracy, Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, everything must be done to ensure that next 2023 transition was done in a peaceful 

The president made the call in his national address in commemoration and celebration of Democracy Day today, June 12, 2022.

The president, who said he would have been out office during the next June 12 celebration, recalled that Democracy Day was moved in 2018 from May 29 to June 12, in order to remind all Nigerians of one free election after which the presumed winner along with other Nigerians were denied their rights and their choices.

He said: “On June 12th 1993, Nigerians saw the best in our citizens as we all went out to vote peacefully. By June 24th 1993, we also saw the worst of our leadership as the elections were annulled.

“We must never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of Nigeria’s democracy during 1993. Their patriotism and peaceful struggle should guide our actions especially when it comes to electing our leaders and holding them accountable, now and in future.”

Buhari expressed hope that the country would achieve peaceful transition, noting that the positive signs are there, especially with the successful conduct of primaries by all registered political parties to select their candidates for the 2023 general elections.

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