Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on Nigerians to promote unity.
Tinubu stated this in a congratulatory message to the nation on Friday, in commemoration of the Democracy Day celebration.
Democracy Day is celebrated on June 12.
According to Tinubu, democratic good governance holds the solutions to Nigeria’s challenges.
He urged Nigerians to stand against whatever will hinder democracy, especially those engaging in insurrection and violence.
“Democratic good governance offers the only reasonable solution to the challenges confronting Nigeria. Thus, we must stand for democracy today. We must stand for it, even more, tomorrow,” he said.
“We contend against those who would render the people ignorant and poor. We celebrate Democracy Day not only because we have come far, but to help give us the social fuel and encouragement to continue onward, because we have farther to go and even greater things to achieve as one nation and one people.”
The APC leader urged Nigerians to remember MKO Abiola MKO Abiola, adding that his victory in the June 12, 1993 presidential election was “stolen”.
He noted that without Abiola’s historic efforts and sacrifices, June 12 would not have been declared the nation’s Democracy Day.
“Abiola remained steadfast and surrendered his own life so that we all might enjoy the democratic victory that was taken from him,” Tinubu said.
“We best honour these people not by reciting their names, but by injecting the spirit and hope of democracy into our words and deeds.
“In becoming better democrats, we also become better at being Nigerians.”