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Democracy Day: President Tinubu Promises Subsidy Relief, Honors MKO Abiola

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President Bola Tinubu delivered a heartfelt address on Democracy Day, paying tribute to Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the historic June 12, 1993 presidential election, whom he hailed as the embodiment of democracy.

The President acknowledged the recent challenges faced by Nigerians in the wake of fuel subsidy removal and vowed to alleviate their hardships through substantial investments in transportation infrastructure, education, power supply, healthcare, and other public utilities to enhance their overall well-being.

President Tinubu empathized with Nigerians, acknowledging their temporary discomfort and assuring them that it was necessary to save the country from collapse. “I feel your pain.

This is one decision we must bear to save our country from going under and take our resources away from the stranglehold of a few unpatriotic elements,” he expressed in his maiden Democracy Day address.

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The President had previously stated in his inaugural speech on May 29 that the fuel subsidy could no longer be justified given the dwindling resources. As a result, it had to be removed. The aftermath of this decision led to an increase in petrol pump prices nationwide, causing additional burdens for the masses.

However, President Tinubu promised that their sacrifices would not be in vain, and his government would repay them through substantial investments in various sectors that directly impact their lives.

Furthermore, President Tinubu emphasized his commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that conflicting and illegal orders that undermine Nigeria’s democracy would no longer be condoned.

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He highlighted the recent signing into law of a bill to harmonize the retirement age for judicial officers as one of many policy reforms aimed at strengthening institutions and delivering justice.

Referring to the recent elections in February and March, President Tinubu hailed them as a testament to Nigeria’s democratic journey. He recognized that while winners celebrated, losers felt disenchanted, highlighting the beauty of democracy as a system that allows for competition and redress through the courts.

He stressed the importance of accepting defeat and using the constitutional provisions to seek justice, affirming that democracy remains the best form of government.

Revering the struggles of 1993 that eventually led to the restoration of civilian rule in 1999, President Tinubu paid tribute to Chief MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, Alfred Rewane, and Maj-Gen Shehu Yar’Adua, who were silenced by the military junta.

He acknowledged their sacrifices and praised Chief MKO Abiola for his unwavering defense of democratic ideals, even at the cost of his own life.

President Tinubu urged Nigerians not to take their hard-won liberty for granted, emphasizing the need to jealously guard and protect democracy.

He emphasized that the value of democracy is truly appreciated only when it is lost. He reassured the people of his administration’s commitment to fulfilling every aspect of its electoral pact with the people, known as the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda, with a focus on fairness, respect for the rule of law, and upholding the dignity of all citizens.

As Democracy Day commemorates the struggles and triumphs of Nigeria’s democracy, President Tinubu’s address serves as a rallying call to the nation.

It reflects his deep understanding of the challenges faced by the people and his determination to create a better future through investments and reforms. With his promises of infrastructure development, improved social services, and a strong commitment to the rule of law, President Tinubu offers hope for a prosperous and inclusive Nigeria.


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