FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is also a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, said on Saturday that Nigerians need to keep hope alive, despite the current limitations and challenges.
In a Democracy Day statement released by his media office, Atiku said notwithstanding the limitations of democracy, it remained the best form of government anywhere in the world.
He explained that the freedom of choice granted by democracy was one of the most important ingredients of the democratic system.
He stated that the freedom to choose leaders made democracy fashionable, as according to him, any system that subverted the will of the people also destroyed the progress of the society.
The former Vice President, said that as an active participant in the democratic struggle in Nigeria and an ardent proponent of the rule of law, as opposed to the rule of man, he recognised the sacrifices of gallant Nigerians whose struggles brought the nation to its current stage.
He said that as Nigerians celebrate democracy day, they should also keep alive the memories of the late Shehu Yar’Adua and MKO Abiola, which, he said, would resonate across the country.
He also said that the sacrifices of countless others, who paid the supreme price in the quest for democracy should also not be forgotten. According to him, no sane society would choose despotism over democracy because, under dictatorship, dissent is met with death or torture.
He asked Nigerians to endure the current challenges, adding that no democratically elected government would intentionally hurt the voters that put it in office.
He explained that the APC administration remained committed to the welfare of Nigerians, adding that the current challenges were temporary.
He stated that the 2016 budget was specifically targeted to address the basic needs of the ordinary Nigerians, adding that its implementation would bring succour to Nigerians.