Former Vice President of Nigeria and Presidential candiate of the Peoples Denocratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, said he had fought a good fight for the Nigerian people.
Mr. Atiku stated this in a press statement he made available to journalist in reaction to the Supreme Court Judgement.
The statement was tagged, “Supreme Court Judgement: Can Nigeria Continue Like This?
Atiku said he has accepted that the judicial route which he chose to take, as a democrat, has come to a conclusion.
He however stated that, “Whether justice was done, is left to the Nigerian people to decide.
“As a democrat, I fought a good fight for the Nigerian people. I will keep on fighting for Nigeria and for democracy, and also for justice.
“It is said that the Supreme Court is not final because it is infallible, but that it is infallible because it is final. While I believe that only God is infallible everywhere, and only Nigerians are infallible in our democracy. I must accept that the judicial route I chose to take, as a democrat, has come to a conclusion.”
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He expressed his deep appreciation to all Nigerians who have stayed the course since the commencement of trial in the petition on the February 23 presidential election.
According to him, the judgement is part of democratic challenges Nigeria must face as a nation.
He stressed that the Nigerian judiciary, just like every estate of our realm, has been sabotaged and undermined by an overreaching and dictatorial cabal, who have undone almost all the democratic progress the Peoples Democratic Party and its administrations nurtured for 16 years, up until 2015.
But “Can Nigeria continue like this? He querried recalling that, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, averred recently that Nigeria had rolled back the democratic gains she made in 2015.
Atiku maintained that when democracy is rolled back, the economy, the society and the judiciary will not be far behind. Today, the nail has been put on the coffin and the gains we collectively made since 1999 are evaporating, and a requiem is at hand.
Atiku emphasized that in a democracy, you need a strong judiciary, a free press and an impartial electoral umpire insisting that “Nigeria has none of those three elements as at today.
“One man, one woman, one youth, one vote, should be the only way to make gains in a democracy. And when that is thwarted, the clock starts to tick.
According to him, “two and a half millennia ago, Sophocles said “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: “Thou shalt not ration justice.” Nigeria will do well to observe this warning.
“To those who think they have broken my spirit, I am sorry to disappoint you. I am too focused on Nigeria to think about myself. I gave up that luxury 20 years ago. The question is not if I am broken. The question is if Nigeria is whole?
“This is not a time for too many words. It will suffice for me to remind Nigeria of this, we are an independent nation and we are the architects of our fate. If we do not build a free Nigeria, we may end up destroying her, and God forbid that that should be the case.”
Atiku reiterated that, “I was a democrat, I am a democrat, and I will always continue to be a democrat.”