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A former Governor of Kwara State and Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Bukola Saraki, has urged Nigerians to stand and speak as one to demand an end to insecurity, corruption, and all other social ills that have plagued the nation.
Saraki, in a statement issued in Ilorin yesterday, appealed to Nigerians to demand that "in 2015 Nigeria displays its commitment to democracy, so that we have credible, free and transparent elections.
"This is a process that starts now, that sees democratic and transparent processes to select candidates through to election day where we are free to vote for the candidate we believe in.
"Democracy is not practiced by mirroring the language that we speak, where we come from or what religion we worship; democracy is the opportunity to address the issues that affect us all. Issues affect us all across Nigeria regardless of gender, age or religion,” he stated.
Saraki, now chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) said, "We must acknowledge some of the realities that have presented themselves when election-time comes in our country, and enlighten others and ourselves against them.
"One flaw that we have experienced in our young democracy is that it is often the case that many of our people choose leaders based on the constraints of sameness of religion, similarities in ethnicity, and other largely inconsequential values of nation-building leadership.