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Text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2020 Democracy Day address

Text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2020 Democracy Day address

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Fellow Nigerians, The 2020 celebration of Democracy Day marks 21 years of uninterrupted civil administration in our dear country. This day provides us an opportunity to reflect on our journey as a nation, our achievements and struggles. It is a day to honour our founding fathers who toiled to establish our republic and every Nigerian who has worked tirelessly to sustain it. We are celebrating this year’s Democracy Day despite the COVID-19 pandemic which afflicts our nation and the whole world. It is indeed a very difficult time for everyone especially those who have lost loved ones to the virus and those whose sources of livelihood have been severely constrained by the stringent measures we introduced at every level of government to contain the virus and save lives. The dedication of ...
Five things we noticed in President Buhari’s 2020 Democracy Day address

Five things we noticed in President Buhari’s 2020 Democracy Day address

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday addressed the country as Nigeria marks Democracy Day. Here are five things we noticed in his speech. Zero nod to MKO Abiola, big on scorecard presentation President Buhari signed a bill into law in 2019 designating June 12 as Democracy Day instead of May 29. Both days are significant. Nigeria conducted arguably its freest and fairest presidential election on June 12, 1993. A Muslim-Muslim ticket of Moshood Abiola and Babagana Kingibe of the Social Democratic Party won the election ahead of the Muslim-Christian ticket of Bashir Tofa and Sylvester Ugoh of the National Republican Convention. But Abiola was never officially announced as the winner of that election and was never allowed to rule by the military regime. He later died in government custody....
Abiola was a nationalist in the mould of Zik of Africa – Obiano

Abiola was a nationalist in the mould of Zik of Africa – Obiano

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Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has described late Moshood Abiola as a nation in the mould of foremost Nigerian nationalist, late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe. Obiano said the recognition of June 12, the date Abiola won a national election across the ethnic, regional and religious divide by the federal government, was most deserving. The governor said this in a statement signed by Mr C-Don Adinuba, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in Awka on Friday. According to him, Anambra identifies wholly with the June 12 as a national holiday. “The government and people of Anambra rejoice with all Nigerians on the second anniversary of June 12 as Democracy Day. ”Chief Moshood Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential vote, is richly deserving of the honour of having a national ...
Woman who referred to her raped 2-year-old daughter as “ashawo” loses custody of her children; sent to rehabilitation home

Woman who referred to her raped 2-year-old daughter as “ashawo” loses custody of her children; sent to rehabilitation home

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The mother who beat up her 2-year-old daughter and labelled her a prostitute after she caught a man raping her (See here) has been sent to a rehabilitation center for mentally challenged people by the Lagos state government and her two children taken away from her. In a new statement released by the state government earlier this morning, the rescue operation was carried out by officials of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development after the video of the woman abusing her daughter was shared online by a resident of the state. Explaining measures taken by the Ministry which led to the rescue of the mother and two children, Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Yewande Falugba stated that as soon as the Ministry became aware of the incident, immediate action was embarked upon to rescue the children ...
Buhari Praises Heroes Of Democracy, Promises Press Freedom

Buhari Praises Heroes Of Democracy, Promises Press Freedom

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President Muhammadu Buhari before his Democracy Day broadcast on June 12, 2020. President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to Nigerians who paid the price to ensure democracy thrives in the country. In a national broadcast to mark this year’s Democracy Day, he noted that the country has enjoyed 21 years of uninterrupted democratic rule as a result of the sacrifice made by the nation’s founding fathers. “This day provides us an opportunity to reflect on our journey as a nation, our achievements, and struggles. “It is a day to honour our founding fathers who toiled to establish our republic and every Nigerian who has worked tirelessly to sustain it,” the President said on Friday. He stated that sustaining the nation’s democracy thus far has been a collective struggle ...
JUNE 12: ‘How to deepen democracy, save Nigeria’

JUNE 12: ‘How to deepen democracy, save Nigeria’

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*Our best not good enough — Atiku, *It’s time for sober reflection — Obi *Let’s remember our founding fathers — Shonibare *Nigeria’ll achieve nothing without unity — Obasa By Clifford Ndujihe, Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Ebunoluwa Sessou, Dirisu Yakubu, Omeiza Ajayi & Olayinka Ajayi AS Nigerians mark the first anniversary of the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day today, some eminent Nigerians and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, reviewed the state of the nation and outlined measures to entrench democracy in the country. The main opposition PDP took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, saying all the virtues that the June 12 symbolises in the life of the nation have been eroded by APC. Former Vice President and 2019 presidential candidate o...
Democracy day: Moghalu advocates electoral reforms, diaspora voting

Democracy day: Moghalu advocates electoral reforms, diaspora voting

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The 2019 Presidential Candidate of the Young Progressive Party, YPP, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, on Friday, called for electoral reforms to strengthen democracy, drive economic development and progress in Nigeria. The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, also called for opening up of the nation’s voting processes to Nigerians in the Diaspora. In a statement, Moghalu who is also the Convener, To Build A Nation initiative, TBAN, stated that for democracy to have real meaning, Nigeria’s electoral framework and the system should be comprehensively reformed to become transparent. He said: “As we mark democracy day in Nigeria today, let us reflect deeply as a country, on whether or not 21 years of democracy have yielded for the average Nigerian, the benefits hoped for when ...
Democracy Day: Okowa hails Deltans, reaffirms commitment towards ‘Stronger Delta’

Democracy Day: Okowa hails Deltans, reaffirms commitment towards ‘Stronger Delta’

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As Deltans join other Nigerians to celebrate “Democracy Day” on June 12, the state Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has felicitated with citizens and commended them for their support and contributions to the growth and development of the state. In a message to the people, Okowa said that June 12 was set aside as Democracy Day in Nigeria in commemoration of the freest and fair election in the history of the country and to also remember the sacrifices of our heroes past. He lauded Deltans for their commitment and cooperation with the state government in the execution of its agenda, particularly the flagship – the Stronger Delta target. In the message contained in a statement by Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, his Chief Press Secretary, the governor noted that 2020 Democracy Day was being celebra...