I felicitate with Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the commemoration of Democracy Day, 2020. A little over twenty-one (21) years ago, on May 29th 1999, a democratically elected government was inaugurated, ushering in the fourth republic and commencing the longest stretch of democratic rule in Nigerian history.
In addition, this celebration is the first anniversary of the commemoration of June 12 as Democracy Day, having been so designated by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
It is a reminder of our collective will and decision to be governed by democratic ideals. For students of governance, history and democrats, the significance of June 12, 1993 and the ensuing struggle is not lost.
Regardless, it has not been a smooth sailing journey. The result however has been increased determination to do right by Nigerians and leave a Country that generations unborn can be proud of. The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is on the right path, given its antecedents in the last few years, and in particular its response to the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic.
I must also use the opportunity to congratulate our beloved President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on the 5th anniversary of his inauguration, while commending him once again for designating June 12 as Nigeria’s rightful Democracy Day.
This Democracy Day celebration calls for even greater commitment to guarding our democracy, while working together to realize the vision of our founding fathers – ‘one Nation bound in freedom, peace and unity’.
We must also ensure that every Nigerian, regardless of gender, tribe, creed, religion and political affiliations, is safe and protected, refusing to coddle violent and discordant elements in our various Communities.
Once again, I congratulate you all and may the labour of our heroes past, never be in vain.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu, OON