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June 12: Shehu Sani Urges Tinubu Not to Fail

Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, has emphasized that President Bola Tinubu has a crucial duty to succeed, stating that Tinubu’s failure would imply that those who fought for democracy have nothing new to offer Nigeria.

Speaking at a special dinner organized to mark Democracy Day at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, Sani highlighted the limitations of symbolic gestures like the national anthem and pledge in uniting the nation.

“Mr. President, I will like to draw your attention to this fact and this truth: a national anthem cannot unite a nation, a national pledge cannot unite a nation, a constitution cannot unite a nation,” Sani said. “A nation is united by the ideals of freedom, equity, and justice.”

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Sani reminded the audience that democracy in Nigeria was neither a gift from the military nor a fortunate lottery win, but the result of struggle and sacrifice. He underscored that Tinubu’s success would be shared by all who fought for democracy because he represents the legacy of that struggle.

“Mr. President, you have a duty to succeed. If you succeed, we will share your glory because you came from the trenches, you came from that struggle, you came from that period of struggle,” he stated. “If you fail, they will say that those of you who fought for democracy have nothing new to offer Nigeria.”

Sani’s remarks come as a powerful reminder of the responsibilities and expectations placed on President Tinubu, especially by those who have a history of advocating for democratic values and principles in Nigeria.