The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said Nigeria’s existential challenges of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and herdsmen-farmers clashes have worsened poverty across the country.
Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, made this known in a statement titled ‘June 12: The Truth that Sets Democracy Free in Our Land’ to commemorate the 2019 Democracy Day.
“We must take concerted efforts to banish poverty from Nigeria. To rid Nigeria of poverty is indeed a task that must be done,” said Mr Tinubu, who was governor between 1999 and 2007.
“As the historic restoration of June 12 to its proper place by the Buhari administration sets democracy free to soar in our land, let us rededicate ourselves to the challenge of utilizing democracy to set Nigeria free from poverty.”
Mr Tinubu noted that the democracy enjoyed by Nigerians today should not be taken for granted because it was a product of blood, sweat, toil, and anguish of Nigerians.
“June 12 must serve as a continual reminder to Nigerians on the imperative of pursuing the cause of justice in all spheres of our lives at all times as a necessary condition for peace, prosperity and progress,” he said.
“As we kick off from today the annual celebration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, let us renew our commitment to utilizing democracy as a vehicle for eliminating poverty in our land as well as providing prosperity and life more abundant for the teeming millions of our people.”