President Bola Tinubu, has hailed the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
President Tinubu addressed the nation on Democracy Day, and his inaugural speech was one for the books. In his address, he described Chief MKO Abiola as the symbol of Democracy, the man who fought for justice, and the custodian of the sacred mandate that was annulled by the late Gen Sani Abacha.
Tinubu, who acknowledged the hardship being faced by Nigerians in the aftermath of the fuel subsidy removal, said his administration will “reward” their sacrifices with “massive investment” in transportation infrastructure, education, regular power supply, healthcare, and other public utilities that will improve their quality of life.
The President also acknowledged the hardship Nigerians are facing following the recent fuel subsidy removal, promising to reward their sacrifices with a massive investment in transportation infrastructure, education, regular power supply, healthcare and other public utilities, which would improve their living conditions significantly.
“For Chief MKO Abiola, the symbol of this day, in whose memory June 12 became a national holiday, democracy is eternal.
“It is about the rule of law and vibrant judiciary that can be trusted to deliver justice and strengthen institutions. It has become imperative to state here that the unnecessary illegal orders used to truncate or abridge democracy will no longer be tolerated.”
Speaking on the importance of democracy, Tinubu believes that democracy is eternal, and the rule of law and a judiciary that delivers justice and strengthens institutions are vital ingredients of democracy. The President also stated that illegal orders used to truncate or abridge democracy would no longer be tolerated.
“He sacrificed his life in unyielding, patriotic defense of the ideals of democracy as symbolized in his choice, by his fellow countrymen and women, as their duly-elected President.
“There was an easier choice for him. It was to forgo the justice of his cause and opt for the path of ease and capitulation in the face of the tyranny of power. To his eternal credit and immortal glory, Abiola said no. He demonstrated the time-tested eternal truth that there are certain ideals and principles that are far more valuable than life itself.”
President Tinubu did not mince words when he talked about the monumental sacrifice made by Chief MKO Abiola. Despite the easier options, Abiola refused to forgo the justice of his cause and opt for the path of ease and capitulation in the face of the tyranny of power.
Tinubu, therefore, called on Nigerians not to take the liberty they now enjoy for granted as it was obtained through great sacrifice that ushered in a civilian government in 1999.
Tinubu called on Nigerians not to take the liberty they enjoy for granted, reminding them that it was obtained through great sacrifice that ushered in a civilian government in 1999. He added that democracy is fragile and can only thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation.
“We shall be faithful to the truth. Faithful to equity. And faithful to justice.
“We shall exercise our authority and mandate to govern with fairness, respect for the rule of law, and commitment to always uphold the dignity of all our people,” the President concluded.
The President pledged his administration’s commitment to fulfilling every component of its electoral pact with the people, the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda. In conclusion, Tinubu promised to govern with fairness, respect for the rule of law, and a commitment to always uphold the dignity of all the people.