President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu has hailed one of the toughest decisions made by the outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, which involved the redesignation of June 12 as Democracy Day.
Tinubu expressed his admiration for Buhari’s move, stating that it was an act of reaching back into history to correct past injustices and heal a deep-seated wound.
During a ceremony held at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Tinubu was honored with the prestigious national award, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
In his acceptance speech, Tinubu pledged his commitment to Nigerians and emphasized his determination not to disappoint both the citizens and the outgoing President.
He said, “President Buhari, you have shown courage in taking tough decisions others avoided. One such decision was to recognize the injustice of the annulment of the 1993 election, to designate June 12 as Democracy Day, and to bestow the nation’s highest honour on the late MKO Abiola.
“As much as anyone could, you reached back into history to set the record straight and heal a festering wound. The justice you did in this matter lends special meaning to today”.
While thanking the outgoing President for bestowing the nation’s highest honours on him and his Vice President-elect Shettima, Tinubu noted that he “was a simple man who is the beneficiary of the support and goodwill of the people of Nigeria”.
“As such, I stand here renewed not only in hope but also in dedication to our national purpose and destiny.
“I also feel full of pride, but this pride I feel is not for myself. It is for what this moment represents.
“The people have put their trust in us. You have done your part, Mr. President.
“Now, that great duty descends on me. I understand the meaning of the honour given to me today and of the task that awaits.
“On security, the economy, agriculture, jobs, education, health and power and in all other sectors we must make headway. I must run this race and must do it well. The people deserve no less. In this, I shall disappoint neither them nor you, Mr. President,” Tinubu stated emphatically.”