A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said that it is not enough to declare June 12, Democracy Day when the government of the day is disrespectful of the rule of law and wantonly disregards court orders on issues that border on fundamental human rights.
Atiku, in a statement, said the significance of the celebration of June twelfth 1993 presidential election is a reminder of Nigeria’s history to becoming a democratic country. He said the collective decision by Nigerians to elect democracy on that day was not to aggrandize the political elite or to replace military dictatorship with civilian autocracy.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in February election stated that it is not enough to declare June 12 a work-free day when the ordinary people of Nigeria still don’t have the freedom to find a better life from the suffocating grip of poverty.
He stated that Abiola didn’t mean to deceive Nigerians with a hope he could not deliver upon, adding that the minimum requirement for any government who claims to be a lover of June 12 convert is to to deliver on the promises they made to the people.