Senate President, David Mark, on Thursday, May 28, 2015 urged the incoming President, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, to adhere strictly to the rule of law, and respect human rights while discharging his constitutional responsibilities.
He said this in his goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of Democracy Day celebration.
Mr. Mark specifically appealed to Mr. Buhari to “do the needful for citizens anchoring his actions on adherence to rule of law, respect for human rights, freedom of expression, equity and justice.”
According to The Punch, the senate president said he hoped the new government would be one where all citizens would be safe and protected to live and carry out their legitimate duties without fear of molestation or harassment in any part of Nigeria.
He added that, “all hands must be on the deck where everyone plays his or her role to ensure that our democracy endures.”
The senate president recounted the unprecedented 16 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in Nigeria and urged citizens to persevere more for the continued sustenance of the system of government.
“All Nigerians deserve commendation. We have done well so far. We must strive more to make democracy a way of life.
“As an active participant in our democratic journey since 1999, I can say without any fear of contradiction that our democracy has endured.
“The successes recorded so far, especially with the last general elections, clearly shows the unwavering commitment of Nigerians to its fruition.”
Mr.Mark noted that despite its imperfections, democracy remained the best form of government. He therefore asked Nigerians and the international community to lend support to the new administration .