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10 Takeaways From President Tinubu’s Democracy Day Address

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In his inaugural Democracy Day speech, President Bola Tinubu reflected on Nigeria’s journey from military rule to becoming Africa’s largest democracy.

He honored the heroes of the democratic movement, acknowledged the sacrifices of living heroes, and emphasized the importance of democracy as a way of life.

Here are the 10 major takeaways from his address:

1. Tribute to Democratic Heroes

President Tinubu paid tribute to the individuals who sacrificed their lives for Nigeria’s democratic struggle, including MKO Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, and others. He recognized their contributions to the country’s transition to democracy.

2. Acknowledging Living Heroes

The President praised the sacrifices of General Alani Akinrinade, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Professor Wole Soyinka, Chief Ralph Obioha, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, and many others who fought for democracy. He acknowledged their efforts in keeping the fire of democracy burning, even in exile.

3. Role of Activists and Journalists

President Tinubu recognized the contributions of pro-democracy activists, journalists, and media establishments in fighting against military dictatorship. He noted that Nigeria’s democracy would not have been possible without their efforts.

4. Democracy as a Way of Life

The President emphasized that democracy is more than just holding elections; it is a way of life that includes freedom of speech, liberty, and peaceful transitions of power. He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to democracy, which has made the country a beacon of democratic self-determination for the black race.

5. Commitment to Democracy

President Tinubu vowed to protect the rights, freedoms, and liberties of Nigerian citizens and pledged to cement democracy as the nation’s way of life. He emphasized that democracy is not just about holding elections but about creating a society where citizens enjoy their fundamental rights.

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6. Economic Reforms

The President acknowledged Nigeria’s economic challenges and highlighted ongoing reforms aimed at creating a stronger economic foundation for future growth. He noted that the country’s economy has been unbalanced due to its over-reliance on oil revenues and promised to initiate reforms to create a better foundation for growth.

7. Labour Relations

President Tinubu discussed negotiations with organized labour on a new national minimum wage, emphasizing the importance of cooperation over conflict in resolving disputes. He noted that his administration has initiated a new approach to labour relations, focusing on dialogue and negotiation rather than confrontation.

8. Principled Leadership

The President underscored the importance of reasoned discussion and principled compromise in democratic governance. He committed himself to this approach, promising to work towards building a Nigeria where no citizen is oppressed.

9. Call to Action

President Tinubu urged Nigerians to embrace the challenges of the future and continue moving forward together towards progress and prosperity. He encouraged citizens to work together to build a better Nigeria.

10. Unity and Progress

The President emphasized the need for unity and progress, encouraging Nigerians to put aside their differences and work towards a common goal. He promised to lead the country with courage, wisdom, and compassion, ensuring that Nigeria’s democracy continues to flourish.


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