Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu, says he is ready to dedicate himself to the service of Nigeria and Africa.
He made the statement at an inaugural lecture preceding his swearing-in which held on Saturday, May 27th in Abuja.
Tinubu, who was represented by vice-president-elect, Kashim Shettima, restated his commitment to the ideals of democracy as the best form of government.
He said; “Distinguished guests, democracy is more than a system of governance; it is the very lifeblood that empowers a nation to flourish and thriveWe stand at the precipice of a new era, where the ideals of democracy will guide our path toward sustainable development.
“Democracy, my fellow countrymen, is not only a political system; it is a way of life. It embodies a distinctive code of thought and conduct, demanding the utmost integrity and self-improvement from leaders. Today, I stand before you, ready to dedicate my entire being to the service of our great nation and the African continent.
“Our democracy is not an abstract ideal; it is a practical vessel that will propel our nation to new heights in every facet of our collective existence.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his remarks, noted that the inauguration lecture took participants on a journey of introspection on the imperatives of democratic governance and nation-building.
He said; “We have learnt that democracy is not just a system of governance, it is a way of life. “True democracy is when the voices of people are heard. Our nation’s progress rests on inclusivity, unity and not leaving any citizen behind and ensuring every citizen enjoy the dividends of good governance.
“We must heed the lessons of this lecture and translate them into action. We must fight against corruption in all its form. We must remain united. Our diversity is our strength. We can overcome our differences and forge a common cause towards progress.”