President Muhammadu Buhari has reminded Nigerians that this year Democracy Day speech would be the last he would be delivering to them, as their president.
He said this would be the last moment he would be addressing them as head of the nation on a Democracy Day.
The president made this revelation in his nationwide broadcast on Sunday.
In his speech, the Nigerian leader highlighted the challenges and achievements of his government.
He said he was satisfied with the primary elections conducted by political parties ahead of the 2023 general elections, as political actors exhibited sense of decorum.
The president said the person that would succeed him would emerge via a transparent process, appealing to Nigerians to exercise their voting rights.
“Fellow Nigerians, Today, June The 12th, marks another Democracy Day anniversary and an occasion to celebrate freedom and unity of our Nation.
“From 1999, we consistently celebrated Democracy Day to mark the end of military rule and the return of power and control into the hands of those freely elected by the people. On this day, Nigerians recommit themselves to ensuring we protect and preserve the ideals of democracy.
“In 2018, we moved Democracy Day from 29th of May to the 12th of June. This change was to remind all Nigerians of one free election after which the presumed winner along with Nigerians were denied their rights and their choice.
“On June 12th 1993, Nigerians saw the best in our citizens as we all went out to vote peacefully. By June 24th 1993, we also saw the worst of our leadership as the elections were annulled.
“We must never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of Nigeria’s democracy during 1993. Their patriotism and peaceful struggle should guide our actions especially when it comes to electing our leaders and holding them accountable, now and in future.
“Fellow Nigerians this is my last Democracy Day speech as your President. By June 12th, 2023, exactly one year from today, you will already have a new President. I remain committed and determined to ensure that the new President is elected through a peaceful and transparent process.”
The president said the people need to work in unison to honour Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was canceled.
“It is important for all of us to remember that June 12th, 2023 will be exactly 30 years from the 1993 Presidential elections. In honour and memory of one of our national heroes for democracy, Chief M.K.O Abiola, GCFR, we must all work together to ensure this transition is done in a peaceful manner.”
“I am hopeful that we can achieve this. The signs so far are positive. Recently, all registered political parties conducted primaries to select their candidates for the 2023 general elections.”