Former Head of State, Normal Abdulsalami Abubakar, has mentioned that his transition programme to civilian rule about 22 years in the past would have been truncated if he had succumbed to strain from some notable Nigerian politicians who pressurised him to increase his keep in workplace.
Abubakar, who succeeded the late Sani Abacha’s killer regime, had promised at hand over to a democratically elected civilian authorities after 9 months in workplace which he did.
Based on Vanguard, the previous Head of State spoke at his residence in Minna, Niger State, in an interview with journalists.
“There was no strain on me at hand over to the civilians from any quarters however quite the opposite, some Nigerians particularly the politicians have been asking me to extend my keep as a result of at first once I mentioned we have been going at hand over, no person believed the place the army was going. However once they realised that we have been leaving and since their fingers had been burnt twice as a result of that was not the primary time the army could be saying it was going; so the politicians hesitated to take part within the political actions.
“Nevertheless, it was once they noticed that we actually meant enterprise that they now got here again and so they mentioned, why don’t you extend your keep in order that we will now be half and parcel of the upcoming democracy within the nation?
“So we weren’t pressurised in addition to the traditional agitation of the then varied teams who have been asking the army to go.
“I’ve no remorse to have handed over to the civilians however slightly, I’m fulfilled by handing over energy to a democratically elected authorities as a result of in the present day, Nigeria is being requested by the worldwide group to safeguard democracy particularly when the period of coup is step by step coming again into West Africa and Africa as a complete.
“It’s potential for some to say this isn’t the democracy we wish however once more I’ll say nation-building is a steady course of and I imagine that as we go on, our politics will change. I need to imagine that our electorates at the moment are higher knowledgeable and I pray and hope that within the subsequent election, they won’t promote their voters playing cards, they won’t promote their dignity to permit their voters’ playing cards to be purchased and thus permitting democracy to additional flourish.”
On the frequent agitations throughout the nation particularly on secession, Normal Abubakar referred to as on the current administration to look into their calls for and produce all people on board.
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