Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said that democracy has finally berthed in Nigeria twenty-seven years after Nigerians freely expressed their desire for it on June 12, 1993.
He said this in a Democracy Day Message to Nigerians today.
He was quoted to have said: “June 12 has become a metaphor in our country for free, fair and credible elections and a memorial for the day in which Nigerians stoutly rose above ethnic and religious sentiments to deliver a pan-Nigerian mandate for the revival of hope in their country unity and attainment of its great potential.
“The heroic demonstration of patriotism by the Nigerian voters on June 12, 1993, will continue to inspire generations of their compatriots to promote national unity and defend democracy in Nigeria.
“Having come this far in our journey as a nation, we have no reason to doubt our ability to govern ourselves and attain our great potential as a nation.
“Our uninterrupted practice of democracy in the last 21 years attests that democratic civil rule is taking roots and becoming firmly entrenched in Nigeria.”
The June 12, 1993 presidential election is said to be the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s electoral history. It was presumably won by the late business mogul and philanthropist, Chief M.K.O Abiola but tragically was annulled by General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida which plunged the nation into avoidable crisis.