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President Tinubu honours democracy heroes and reaffirms commitment to economic reforms

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In his Democracy Day broadcast on Wednesday, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu paid tribute to Chief Moshood Abiola, the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, and other notable democracy heroes such as General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and Pa Alfred Rewane.

The President celebrated their sacrifices alongside other prominent figures who played crucial roles in Nigeria’s struggle for democracy.

Tinubu acknowledged the economic challenges facing the nation and expressed his administration’s commitment to supporting citizens through necessary reforms aimed at creating a stable and prosperous economy.

“On this day, 31 years ago, we embarked on a difficult journey towards becoming a true and enduring democratic society,” Tinubu stated. He emphasized the sacrifices of many, including Abiola, whose wife Kudirat, General Yar’Adua, and Pa Rewane, gave their lives for the nation’s democratic future.

The President also honored the memories of Anthony Enahoro, Abraham Adesanya, Dan Suleiman, Arthur Nwankwo, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Frank Kokori, Bola Ige, Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ganiyu Dawodu, Ayo Fasanmi, Gani Fawehinmi, Olabiyi Durojaiye, Beko Ransome-Kuti, and Chima Ubani, among others.

He noted that these individuals endured hardships and life in exile, their efforts pivotal to the nation’s democratic evolution.

Tinubu highlighted the essential role of the media and journalists in the fight against military dictatorship. He commended publications like The PUNCH, The Guardian, National Concord, Tribune, The News/Tempo, and TELL Magazines for their unwavering stance on free speech and civil liberties despite facing severe repression.

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Reflecting on Nigeria’s tradition of transparent and fair elections, Tinubu asserted, “Democracy enhances daily life by providing freedom and liberty, allowing people to think freely, live where they choose, and pursue their desired legitimate endeavors.”

He urged Nigerians to remain vigilant against those who might exploit current economic challenges to undermine democracy. “As Nigerians, we must remind ourselves that no matter how complicated democracy may be, it is the best form of governance in the long run.”

Emphasizing his personal commitment, Tinubu vowed to protect citizens’ rights and freedoms and to cement democracy as Nigeria’s way of life. He stressed the need for economic democracy, calling for reforms to balance an economy overly reliant on oil revenues.

“We have initiated reforms to create a stronger foundation for future growth, despite the hardships these reforms have caused,” Tinubu said.

He assured that his administration would soon present an executive bill to the National Assembly to codify agreements reached in the ongoing minimum wage negotiations, aiming to enshrine them in law for the next five years or less.

Highlighting the importance of dialogue, Tinubu praised the government’s cooperative approach in resolving labor disputes. “Reasoned discussion and principled compromise are hallmarks of democracy. These themes shall continue to animate my policies and interaction with the constituent parts of our political economy.”

The President concluded by reaffirming his dedication to ensuring a Nigeria where no one is oppressed, promising impartial efforts to achieve this goal.

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