President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians and Africans must comply with tenets of multi-party democracy since they have accepted the form of government.
President Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, spoke while receiving the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The statement was titled “In democracy, people do themselves a lot of favour when they do the right things, President Buhari tells visiting Gambian President.”
Buhari was quoted as saying that “I was in Gambia physically at least two times. It was the least we could do to stabilise the region.
“We’ve accepted multi-party democracy, and we must comply with its tenets. By supporting you, we were supporting ECOWAS.
“We are dealing with our own troubles here, but we will continue to support you bilaterally, and through ECOWAS.”
Buhari said countries should not stop educating people that they are doing themselves a lot of favour when they do the right things in a democracy,
“The future of our countries lies in our hands. We must respect our people, and appreciate their support. And when the people do the right things, they do themselves a lot of favour,” he said.
As The Gambia goes to the polls next year, the President pledged Nigeria’s support in different ways possible.
According to the statement, Barrow said his visit was meant to thank Nigeria again for its multifarious help, noting that the support had been unflinching since he got to office in 2017.
“You have given us technical support in the Ministry of Education, in Ministry of Justice, and in many other areas. We are grateful,” the Gambian President said.
He disclosed that The Gambia was recovering from 22 years of dictatorship, security problems, lack of infrastructure, and a parlous economy. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission was also sitting, to redress injustices of the past, and heal the injuries.
Going forward, Barrow said his country still needed Nigeria’s stabilizing force, “as things would have been very difficult for us without the invaluable support you gave.”