The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammad Buhari, has addressed Nigerians on Democracy Day.
He started by saying this would be his last speech on Democracy Day as the president of Nigeria and that by the next Democracy Day, another president elected by the people would be the one addressing Nigerians on Democracy Day. He also added that he would do whatever it takes to make sure that elections were free and fair just like on June 12, 1993, when Abiola was proclaimed the winner, and also the transition process would be smooth and seamless.
The president had also praised each political primary for conducting tranquil primaries to select their candidates for their respective positions. He further went on to beg politicians not to make the next election a do-or-die affair and to imbibe the spirit of good sportsmanship. He reminded them that there would be winners and losers and every one of them should treat their opponents with dignity.
Lastly, he asked Nigerians to put in their thought and prayers, for victims of terrorist attacks adding that he was aggrieved by the daily reports of attacks he gets and he is trying with his security agents to put an end to it.
“I will conclude this Democracy Day speech, my last as President, by assuring you of my commitment to protect Nigeria and Nigerians from all enemies from within and outside.”