FORMER Vice-President Atiku Abubakar believes democracy in Nigeria remains enslaved and that rescuing it will require the work of all Nigerians as Nigerians observe 2023 Democracy Day on June 12.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the February 25, 2023 election said in a statement today that governing elite must cease from influencing election outcomes.
Atiku stated that Democracy Day is an opportunity for Nigerians to reflect on the country’s journey toward being a democratic society.
“Democracy without a corresponding commitment to the principles of fairness and fidelity to the rule of play by stakeholders in the processes of conducting elections still leaves the people prostrate to tendencies of dictatorship,” the former Vice President stated.
“For our democracy to be fully fledged, it must constantly evolve away from the current practice where the governing elite determines the outcome of elections.”
Atiku said a lot of work still lies ahead in the evolution of Nigeria’s democracy.
“Democracy and the process of democratization is a constant work in progress. While what we celebrate today is a return to civil rule in Nigeria, the desire to make our democracy self-sustaining and independent of anti-democratic elements is the new frontier of participation by all democrats.
“The challenge ahead of us and the future of our democracy will rely heavily on what we do or fail to do today,” he stated.
“As I congratulate Nigerians on this day, in celebration of return to civil rule, I also call our consciousness to the reality that democracy in Nigeria remains in bondage and it will need the energy of all of us to rescue it.”