Democracy Day: National Anthem Can't Unite A Nation, Shehu Sani Tells Tinubu, Calls for Release of #EndSARS Protesters (Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot


Shehu Sani Stresses Ideals Over Symbols for National Unity and Calls for #EndSARS Protesters' Release | #NwokeukwuMascot

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In a compelling speech at a special Democracy Day dinner, former Kaduna Central Senator Shehu Sani emphasized that national symbols alone are insufficient for uniting Nigeria. Addressing attendees at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, Sani highlighted the critical role of freedom, justice, and equity in fostering true national unity.

“Mr. President, I would like to draw your attention to this fact and this truth: A national anthem cannot unite a nation, a national pledge cannot unite a nation, and a constitution cannot unite a nation,” Sani stated, addressing President Bola Tinubu. “A nation is united by the ideals of freedom, equity, and justice.”

Sani reminded the audience of Nigeria's democratic history, underscoring that democracy was not a military gift or a chance occurrence but the result of relentless struggle and sacrifice. He pointedly charged President Tinubu with the responsibility of ensuring the success of his administration. “Mr. President, you have a duty to succeed. If you succeed, we will share your glory because you came from the trenches, you came from that struggle, you came from that period of sacrifice,” Sani asserted.

Conversely, he warned of the implications of failure, suggesting it would reflect poorly on those who fought for Nigeria's democracy. “If you fail, they will say that those of you who fought for democracy have nothing new to offer Nigeria,” he cautioned.

In addition to his remarks on unity, Sani made a significant call for the release of detained #EndSARS protesters. This movement, which began in October 2020, sought to end police brutality and demand reforms in the country’s law enforcement. The continued detention of some protesters has been a point of contention and concern among human rights advocates.

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Sani’s speech reflects a broader call for substantive governance that upholds the principles of justice and equity, beyond the symbolic gestures encapsulated in national symbols and documents. His appeal for the release of #EndSARS protesters further underscores the importance of addressing ongoing human rights issues to foster national unity.


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