As Nigeria marks 23 years of its nascent democracy some social media users have commended former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for his role in keeping the country together.
Atiku, who was Vice president to former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007 was remembered for leading the revolt against the ‘Third Term Agenda’ of Obasanjo.
That singular courage to stop the sinister agenda saved Nigeria’s weak democracy from imminent collapse.
A social media user, Gene Grey @EuginhoCortez in his Twitter thread recalled how Atiku, now the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) became an enemy for standing up for Nigerians, while Obasanjo has been “forgiven”.
“The Atiku who led the fight in a way that kept Nigeria peaceful and on the democratic path is now a demon in the eyes of some people. That’s okay.
“But let us stay with the TRUTH so we can understand things and keep improving our process,’ he said
Beyond the campaigns and politicking ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Eugene wants Nigerians to recall the role of Atiku Abubakar in deepening Nigeria’s democracy and give him a chance to prove his aggressors wrong.
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar has said this year’s Democracy Day provides Nigerians “with no room to stomach rhyme and rhetoric.
“But salient facts, sobriety and the promise of a better tomorrow.
The presidential candidate of the PDP describes the June 12 Democracy Day in Nigeria, as indeed one of the most epochal political events in the nation, just before the February 2023 General Elections.
“Hence, it is an auspicious period to rally around all compatriots; to think and work in concert for the unity, security, equity, inclusivity, socio-economic prosperity and equitable development of our dear country.
“Let’s seize this unique opportunity of Democracy Day to reinforce our firm commitment to the sacrifices made by the pioneers of our country’s independence, and salute the courage and selflessness of the pathfinders of our current freedom and liberty; by pursuing with vim and vigour the fundamentals of our Constitution, the pillars and principles of rule of law, of electoral transparency, equity and unity in diversity.
“Let’s not despair by folding our arms in hapless helplessness. “The last thing that should die in a person is hope”.
“Meanwhile, let’s continue to do our civic duty and responsibility to salvage our dear country together; saving her from falling off precariously from the current socio-economic cliff into an abysmal catastrophic end of a failed state, as predicted by some naysayers!”