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DD 2024: Reforms to create stronger foundation for future growth, economic opportunity for Nigerians ─Tinubu

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, in his national broadcast on the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of unbroken democracy in Nigeria, Democracy Day (DD) marked June 12, restates his administration’s reforms ‘are intended to create a stronger, better foundation for future growth’, so every Nigerian has access to economic opportunity, fair pay, and compensation for his endeavour and labour

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The current administration’s reforms are intended to create a stronger, better foundation for future growth in the Nigerian economy.

ConsumerConnect reports President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, stated this in his national broadcast delivered on the occasion of commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of unbroken democracy in Nigeria, Democracy Day marked Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Abuja, FCT.

Tinubu urged the citizenry to commit ourselves to the fulfilment of its equally important counterpart, the realisation of the country’s “economic democracy”.

The Nigerian leader also stated: “I understand the economic difficulties we face as a nation. Our economy has been in desperate need of reform for decades.

“It has been unbalanced because it was built on the flawed foundation of over-reliance on revenues from the exploitation of oil.”

Reforms are necessary repairs required to fix Nigerian economy: President

In acknowledging that any marked, sustainable development in an economy is usually not a tea party, the President asserted that current reforms initiated by his administration “are intended to create a stronger, better foundation for future growth. “There is no doubt the reforms have occasioned hardship.”

He, however, noted that such reforms are necessary repairs required to fix the economy over the long run, so that every Nigerian has access to economic opportunity, fair pay and compensation for his endeavour and labour.

Tinubu equally assured the citizenry that his administration would continue to reform the economy, stating “I shall always listen to the people and will never turn my back on you.”

The President further used the occasion to congratulate all Nigerians on witnessing the celebration of another Democracy Day June 12 this year.

He further said: “This year also marks our nation’s 25 years of uninterrupted democratic governance. On this day, 31 years ago, we entered our rites of passage to becoming a true and enduring democratic society.

“Going through this passage was hard and dangerous. During the fateful six years that followed, we fought and struggled for our natural rights as human beings put on this earth by the divine hand of our Creator.”

According to the President, the country lost great heroes and heroines along the way, from politicians, human rights activists, professionals in various fields, pro-democracy activists, legal icons, journalists to several civil society organisations (CSOs), who all made selfless sacrifices, while some bravely surrendered their futures in the democratic struggle, so that Nigeria might have a better one.

“The sacrifices they made, and the precious gift brought about by their selfless devotion can never be repaid. Neither shall it be forgotten,” said Tinubu in his national broadcast.

On beauty of democracy as a way of life

President Tinubu, who stated that 25 years later, the Nigeria is celebrating the silver anniversary of its journey in democracy, describing the form of government as a way of life.

He said: “Democracy is neither a foreign nor abstract concept devoid of real-life meaning for us. Neither can we afford to reduce or minimalise it to being nothing but the mere holding of periodic elections where one candidate and party outdo another.

“While elections attract dramatic attention, they are but one aspect of democracy. Democracy is a way of life that encompasses a broad outlook of which elections are but a part.”

Tinubu also noted: “Fellow Nigerians, true democracy shines its light into the daily lives of the people who live under its nurturing wings.

“It affords us the freedom and liberty to think as we want, live where we want and pursue whatever legitimate endeavour that suits us.

Democracy does not assume some false or forced unity of opinion. In fact, democracy assumes that conflicting ideas and differing opinions shall be the order of the day.”

According to him, given the diversity and variety of the human experience, there must be diverse perspectives and viewpoints.

The Nigerian leader stated: “As Nigerians, we must remind ourselves that no matter how complicated democracy may be, it is the best form of governance in the long run.

“We must also be aware that there are those among us who will try to exploit current challenges to undermine, if not destroy, this democracy for which so much has already been given.

“These people do this not to make things better but to subject all other people and things to their control and dominance until the point that, if you are not counted among their elite, then your life will be small and no longer owned by you.

This is the great battle of our day and the major reason we specially celebrate this Democracy day,” said the President.

Tinubu further assured Nigerians: “As president of this nation, I am morally and constitutionally bound to preserve this precious form of governance.

“I vow to do my utmost best to protect your rights, freedoms, and liberties as citizens of Nigeria.

“Even more than that, I pledge to do whatever is necessary to cement democracy as our way of life.”

Good things await Nigeria’s immediate future, says Tinubu

The President said national greatness would not be achieved by travelling the easy road, but by taking “the right one”.

Quoting former US President Franklin Roosevelt, Tinubu noted “There are many ways of going forward. But only one way of standing still”!

He urged Nigerians to not slumber lest the good things awaiting their immediate future pass them by.

“We dare not plant our feet in idle standstill in the middle of the intersection of hope and despair. We know the proper way forward and we shall take it!” the President averred.

Tinubu added: “Let us board this progressive train together. Together, let us move Nigeria forward. Let’s continue to keep the fire of democracy burning. Let’s keep the torch lit for generations to come.”

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