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Democracy Day: 10 Key Points From President Tinubu’s Address To Nigerians



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President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday addressed Nigerians on the occasion of Democracy Day.

Tinubu spoke on different issues ranging from minimum wage, honoring heroes, celebrating journalists and others.

Here are the key highlights of his address

1. Celebrating Democracy Day and 25 Years of Democracy

President Bola Tinubu congratulated Nigerians on the 25th anniversary of uninterrupted democratic governance, highlighting the significance of June 12, 1993, as a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s democratic journey.

2. Honoring Democratic Heroes

Tinubu paid tribute to key figures in Nigeria’s democratic struggle, including Chief MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, and Pa Alfred Rewane, among others, who sacrificed their lives for the nation’s democracy.

3. Acknowledging Exiled Activists

He recognized the contributions of pro-democracy activists in exile, such as General Alani Akinrinade, Professor Wole Soyinka, and Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, for their enduring efforts in sustaining the democratic movement.

4. Celebrating Journalists and Media

Tinubu celebrated the role of Nigerian journalists and media establishments like The Punch, Guardian, and TELL Magazines, who stood against military dictatorship despite severe repercussions.

5. Victory Over Military Rule

He emphasized the historic achievement of transitioning from military rule in 1999, establishing Nigeria as the most populous democracy in Africa and a significant global democratic entity.

6. True Meaning of Democracy

Tinubu stressed that democracy is not merely about holding elections but encompasses a broader way of life, promoting freedom, liberty, and the peaceful resolution of differing opinions.

7. Commitment to Protecting Democracy

As President, Tinubu vowed to protect Nigerians’ rights, freedoms, and liberties and to ensure that democracy remains the nation’s way of life.

8. Economic Reforms and Challenges

He acknowledged the economic difficulties Nigeria faces and justified ongoing economic reforms as necessary for long-term growth and equity, despite their current hardships.

9. Labour Relations and Minimum Wage

Tinubu highlighted negotiations with organized labour on a new national minimum wage and pledged to pursue cooperation over conflict, avoiding oppressive measures.

10. Vision for the Future:

Concluding with optimism, Tinubu called for collective action to keep democracy alive and to work together towards a brighter future for Nigeria, emphasizing the need to continue progressing and not to become complacent.

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