Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to be patient with their current leaders and exercise their democratic freedom by improving on the selection of their leaders in subsequent elections.
The Turakin Adamawa said in a statement to mark the 2017 Democracy Day, that a democratic system imbues the people with political wisdom to improve on their mode of selection of leaders with each election that takes place.
He appealed to Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery and safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari so that he can continue his work of entrenching democracy and development.
Describing democracy as the best form of government, the former Vice President advised those who are contemplating alternatives to jettison such thoughts.
“Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar congratulates Nigerians of all political persuasions on the occasion of this years’ Democracy Day, which coincides with the second anniversary of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,” said the statement.
“The Turakin Adamawa says that Nigerians should be proud of themselves for doing away with military governments in 1999, in favour of democracy, which the world over, gives voice and a sense of belonging to more people in society.
“He counsels all those who may be contemplating alternatives to perish such thoughts as the worst form of democratic rule has been adjudged far better than the best form of military dictatorship.
“Among the virtues of democracy, aside public discussion is the culture of patience with the leadership which informs that once an election has taken place, and a leader is elected, the populace has to be patient with the leader until he completes his tenure. The implication of this, says the Turaki, is that a democratic system imbues the people with political wisdom, to improve on their mode of selection of leaders with each election that takes place,” the statement said.
Mr Abubakar said, “The best guarantee for the peace, progress and development of plural societies like Nigeria, and even homogeneous entities, is democracy because popular political participation and inclusiveness in government helps to develop patriotism in the citizenry and this galvanises the best endeavours of the people for the development of the society.”
“Noting that the beauty of democracy is the opportunity it gives to the people to elect their leaders, the former Vice President acknowledges the improvements in the electoral processes over the years since 1999 and calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission not to rest on its oars in making credible and transparent elections possible in the country.”
He then wishes the government and people the best of this period, which coincides with the second anniversary of this administration, and the days ahead.