A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has noted that the outcome of the Saturday’s presidential election has created dissatisfaction among Nigerians.
He suggested that there was the emergence of an unpopular choice and that many Nigerians were aggrieved.
President Muhammadu Buhari was announced as the winner of the presidential election conducted on Saturday. He defeated the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Since then controversial reactions have trailed the President’s Victory.
The senior lawyer noted, “I feel strongly called upon to reach out to my brothers and sisters on the state of our democracy.
“Democracy has always been about majority rule and when there is the emergence of an “unpopular choice”, it leaves many people aggrieved and dissatisfied.
“The just concluded elections give credence to this. But I strongly believe that there is hope for us as a people and as a nation. We have a collective duty to perfect our democracy so it always produces the popular choice.
“I have worked all my life to enthrone democracy and I am committed to perfecting it.
“I enjoin us as citizens to continue to hold government accountable and continue to advocate for the strengthening of our institutions, restructuring of our system of governance and upholding of the rule of law. Only then can we make progress as a nation.
“In the meantime, I leave you with the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt “This great nation will endure as it has always endured, our hopes will be revived again and our nation will prosper.
“Nigeria will work again!”