June 12 should inspire the promotion of ideal democratic principles in the country, says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had last week changed the Democracy Day celebration from May 29 to June 12 in honour of acclaimed winner of the 1993 Presidential poll Moshood Abiola.
And Abubakar in a statement on Monday in Abuja to mark the 25th anniversary of June 12, said the date came “at the cost of 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.
“Democracy isn’t merely a mechanism of appointing a government; its beauty is in the inherent safeguard to the citizenry to live and prosper as free people under the law.”
He however warned against what he called “a consistent pattern of departure from constitutional due process’’ to tendencies of authoritarianism.
According to him, there was a growing culture of arbitrariness in some of the institutions of government at all levels, which defeats the ideals of democracy.
He added that foundation of a democratic society was the guarantee of fundamental human rights that gave the citizenry freedom of speech and freedom of movement.