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Ex- Vice President calls for protection of democracy

29 May 2014, 17:18

Abuja - Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to collectively protect the country’s democracy.

He made the call in his Democracy Day message issued by his Media Office in Abuja, where encouraged Nigerians to emulate the examples of statesmen and women like late Moshood Abiola, Bola Ige, Kudirat Abiola and Gani Fawehinmi, whose lives he said were fully committed to democracy in Nigeria.

He said the end of military rule in Nigeria brought about a new era of regular elections as well as the return of civil liberties, free press and an end to arbitrary arrests and torture, but said that Nigeria was gradually deviating from that path.

“The responsibility for our country’s democracy lies with each and every one of us. We must participate actively in the process of governance, and ensure that the constitution and the rule of law are upheld at all times,” he said.

He described as pitiful, a situation where the government and the armed forces debated critical issues bordering on national security in public.

“Relations between civil-military authorities should be managed with care and maturity to safeguard our democracy. Some of the issues being discussed in public are not matters for the market square.”

The former Vice President urged Nigerians to contribute their quota to national security, by reporting any suspicious activity to the police.

The Democracy Day came on the back of rising terror that has killed thousands including members of the military.

- CAJ News


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