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Democracy remains the best form of government anywhere in the world despite its limitations and challenges, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has stated.
In his message to mark the nation’s Democracy Day, the chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) explained the freedom of choice is one of the most important ingredients of the democratic system.
The freedom to choose one’s leaders, he said, makes democracy fashionable, adding any system that subverts the will of the people destroys the progress of the society.
According to him, as Nigerians celebrate Democracy Day, the memories of Late Shehu Yar’Adua and MKO Abiola would resonate across the country.
He added that the sacrifices of countless others who paid the supreme price for opposing dictatorship would also not be forgotten.
The former Vice President said no sane society would choose despotism over democracy because, under dictatorship, dissent is met with death or torture.
On the current challenges facing ordinary Nigerians, Atiku said no democratically elected government would intentionally hurt the voters that put it into office.
He explained the APC administration remains committed to the welfare of Nigerians, pleading that the current challenges are temporary.
According to him, the 2016 budget is specifically targeted to address the basic needs of the ordinary Nigerians, explaining that the implementation of the budget would bring succour to Nigerians.
He urged Nigerians not to lose hope because of the current temporary challenges that they are going through.