June 12 Democracy Day Nigeria : What President Buhari Said In His Democracy Day Speech
By the time Nigerians commemorate another Democracy Day, President Buhari claims, a new president will have emerged.
In honour of MKO Abiola, the widely acclaimed winner of the presidential election on June 12, 1993, he promised to make the transition peaceful.
This was stated by President Buhari in his 2022 Democracy Day speech.
He praised the country’s political parties for holding peaceful primaries to choose their candidates for the general elections in 2023.
The President stated that he would work with Nigerians to create a peaceful and prosperous nation.
“Fellow Nigerians, this is my last Democracy Day speech as your President,” Buhari said in a statement. You will have a new President on June 12, 2023, exactly one year from today. I am still committed to ensuring that the new President is elected in a peaceful and transparent manner.
“It’s critical for all of us to remember that the 1993 Presidential elections will be 30 years ago on June 12, 2023. In honor and memory of one of our nation’s democratic heroes, Chief M.K.O Abiola, GCFR, we must all work together to ensure a peaceful transition. I am optimistic that we will be able to do so.
“So far, the signs are encouraging. All registered political parties recently held primaries to choose their candidates for the general elections in 2023. Peace and order reigned supreme in these primaries. Those who triumphed were gracious in their victory. Those who were defeated were gracious in their defeat. Those who were wronged chose to seek judicial justice rather than jungle justice.
“From the state level to the presidential level, I closely followed the party primaries. I was very impressed to see that most candidates ran issue-based campaigns across all political parties. On the whole, the language and tone were measured and controlled.
“I pledge to you that the election will be free, fair, and transparent.” And I’m pleading with all citizens to unite and work with the government to build a peaceful and prosperous country.”
He urged politicians not to view the upcoming election as a life-or-death situation, explaining that elections are about winners and losers.
“As we move into the general election campaign season, we must maintain this mature attitude toward campaigning and, ultimately, voting,” Buhari added. It must never be viewed as a life-or-death situation. We must all remember that democracy is about the majority’s will. Winners and losers must exist.
“On this very special day, I will therefore take this opportunity to ask all candidates to continue running issue-focused campaigns and to treat opponents with dignity.” As leaders, you must all demonstrate high character and never forget that the world is watching us and that Africa looks to Nigeria for leadership. The tone you establish at the top will undoubtedly be emulated by your followers.”
He claimed that his government had made “significant investments to reform and enhance our electoral laws, systems, and processes to safeguard votes” over the last seven years.
While stating that his administration is working to keep Nigerians safe, Buhari also urged Nigerians to do their part, stating that security agencies alone cannot bear the burden.
“On this special day, I want us all to remember and pray for all victims of terrorist acts,” he added. I’m grieving and worried every day for all the victims and detainees of terrorism and kidnapping. The security agencies and I are doing everything we can to ensure the safe release of those unfortunate countrymen and women.
“If we all work together, we can defeat these terror and destruction agents.” I’ll end this, my final speech as President, by assuring you of my commitment to protect Nigeria and Nigerians from all enemies, both inside and outside the country.”
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