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June 12 should inspire democratic ideals – Atiku

A former Vice-President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has warned against what he called a consistent pattern of departure from constitutional due process to tendencies of authoritarianism.

The former Vice-President said in a statement to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, that there was a growing culture of arbitrariness in some of the institutions of government at all levels that were contradictory to the notion of inclusiveness and fairness that a democratic society guarantees.

In the statement released in Abuja, the former Vice-President noted, “Perhaps at this point, we need to remind ourselves that the democracy which we enjoy today did not come at a cheap price. It came at the cost of the supreme price paid by persons that included Chief MKO Abiola, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Maj. Gen. Shehu Yar’Adua, Chief Alfred Rewane and Bagauda Kaltho, among thousands of other patriots.”

Atiku said that democracy was not merely a mechanism of appointing a government; but that its beauty was in the inherent safeguard to the citizenry to live and prosper as free people under the law.

He called on all political actors “to let June 12 and all that it embodies, inspire us to promote democratic principles, especially as Nigeria is about to go to the polls again.”

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