The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said his verdict to change the nation’s Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 was not about the rejections of those who battled to redeem democracy alone, aso Naija reports.
Buhari stated this early Saturday in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the 2021 Democracy Day.
He said apart from commemorating the sacrifices of Nigerians who fought for the return to democracy, the date change was also to demonstrate the regime’s commitment to satisfy the aspirations of the people and creating an environment for democracy to be accepted way of life.
He said he remained committed to providing an allowing ground for a free, fair, electoral system.
He however said Nigerians too must be ready to play their part by getting involved at any level they can by supporting a democratic system that works for all and not for a section or a select few and demand accountability from their elected leaders.
He added, “My commitment to bequeathing a sustainable democratic culture remains resolute, my pursuit of a fair society remains unshaken and my desire to see that Nigeria remains a country for every one of us has never been stronger.
“In responding to the challenges that this period imposes on us, the government also recognizes the need to acknowledge notions of marginalization and agitations for constitutional amendments among various segments of our population.