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12 June: Tinubu urges Nigerians to contribute to nation-building

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President Bola Tinubu has urged Nigerians to reaffirm their dedication to the principles of inclusivity, accountability, and transparency to ensure a robust and enduring democracy for future generations.

The President, as stated by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications in the Office of the Vice President, Stanley Nkwocha, addressed the audience on Tuesday during the 2024 Democracy Day Lecture at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, emphasized that at this stage of the country’s democratic progress, every Nigerian, regardless of their background, should be afforded the opportunity to contribute to the nation’s collective future.

He stated that after 25 years of continuous democracy, it is imperative for all Nigerians to participate “in building a nation where every voice is heard, where every potential is realised, and where every citizen is empowered to contribute to the collective good.”

He pointed out that the insights gained over the past 25 years underscore the idea that democracy is an ongoing journey that requires continuous nurturing and vigilant oversight.

The statement read, “Our progress has been marked by both triumphs and trials, each serving as a reminder of the preciousness of our democratic principles. As we move forward, let us recommit to the values of inclusivity, accountability, and transparency, ensuring that our democracy not only endures but flourishes for generations to come.

“The future of Nigeria lies in our hands, in our ability to dream, innovate, and act with courage and conviction. Let us embrace this moment with a renewed sense of purpose, knowing that the path we tread today will shape the Nigeria of tomorrow.

“This is an invitation for each of us to participate in building a nation where every voice is heard, where every potential is realised, and where every citizen is empowered to contribute to the collective good.

“President Tinubu observed that for the nation to have sustained democracy for 25 years, the longest in the country’s checkered history, is evidence of the enduring sacrifices of several generations of patriots.”

Offering his assessment of the democratic progress thus far, the President, as mentioned in the statement, asserted that despite the ups and downs, it serves as a significant reflection of our desire to construct a nation that prioritizes the interests of everyone, a federation that hasn’t marginalised any peaceful group.

The statement continued, “We are here because the alternative is a descent into dystopia. Today is a moment to reflect on our journey so far.

“The tragedies Nigeria survived to settle for this democracy, the fourth of such experiments, must inspire each of us to play our part to honour the labour of our founding fathers and mothers and remind ourselves of the principles that drove their resolve to build for us a diverse nation that has defied the pessimism of detached agents of anarchy.

“Noting that it is not just a day of remembrance, the President stated that it is a call to action, even as he said young and competent Nigerians, including the patriotic and innovative, must all be engaged in crafting a succession plan that secures the desired future.

“It is through their energy, creativity, and commitment that we will build a Nigeria that stands resilient against the challenges of tomorrow. Let us therefore pledge to create an environment where every Nigerian, regardless of background, has the opportunity to contribute to our shared destiny.”

Earlier, Secretary to Government of the Federation, George Akume, according to the statement, highlighted the sacrifices made by heroes and heroines who fought for democracy, with many paying the ultimate price.

He praised the bravery of Nigerians in defending democratic principles despite facing obstacles.

“Our democratic journey is one of optimism as reversal is never contemplated. Today provides an opportunity to salute the resilience of our people in believing in democracy,” Akume stated.

As stated in the release, during his keynote speech, former Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, urged politicians to give precedence to the needs of the citizens.

“Democracy is about the government of the people, not just politicians. We, therefore, need to prioritise the needs of the populace ahead of our own needs. We also need to become better democrats. We need to fully imbibe the culture of democracy. We need good winners and good losers,” he added.

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