Former Vice President
Atiku Abubakar has called on
the government and people
of Nigeria to honour and
remember the heroes of the
country’s democracy. This
was contained in a statement
released in Abuja on June 12,
to mark this year’s Democracy
In the statement released by
the Atiku Media Office, Atiku
described June 12 as one of
the most significant dates in
Nigeria’s political history, and a
day not to be forgotten.
“For the first time, Nigerians
defied tribe and tongue to vote
in one of the freest and fairest
elections of our time,” Atiku
He added that the outcome of
the elections were pitiful, with
the elections being annulled by
the then military government.
“However, I am happy that,
over time, especially with the
recent elections which took
place on March 28, Nigerians
have been able to overcome our
sordid past,” he said.
The statement also highlighted the indefatigable
efforts of some of the country’s
heroes of democracy, without
whom the gains of today
would not have been achieved.
The former Vice President
specifically mentioned people
like the late Shehu Musa
Yar’adua, the late MKO Abiola, the late Kudirat Abiola, and the
late Gani Fawehinmi, among
several others.
“These are the heroes upon
whom the foundations of the
democracy we enjoy today
were built,” he said. “Today
especially, we must remember
them and be grateful for their
efforts, and their sacrifices.”
Atiku also called on the
upcoming leaders and aspiring
Nigerian leaders of today to
emulate these heroes of the
country’s democracy, who
willingly gave their all – and
some, their lives – for the benefit
of the rest of us.

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