Nigeria Cannot Be A True Democracy Unless We Have Truly Democratic Political Parties

Being an extempore valedictory speech by Senator Magnus Abe on the floor of the Senate today 6/6/2019.

Mr. President, my very distinguished colleagues, I want to first thank the Almighty God for the opportunity to serve my country in this chamber as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I came to the Senate, first, as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party; I left the PDP along with other Senators to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the quest for a better Nigeria.

It was our hope, our determination and our expectation that we would form a political party that would place the people above everything else.

Today, several years later, I still remain committed to that ideal that Nigeria cannot be a true democracy unless we have truly democratic political parties, and it is for that reason that I have remained in the All Progressives Congress and I will continue to fight for the change we believed in that brought us here.

I want to thank all those who shared that vision of a Nigeria that works for everybody regardless of your political party.

We may not all be in the same political party, but we are all committed to the idea that we can have a country that works for everyone of us.

To those that have disagreed with me in the quest of that country of our dream, I say don’t be offended by whatever I have done. To those that offended me also, I say well, that is the way of life. I also take it in good faith. Our hope still remains that Nigeria will one day be a country that we all desire.

I want to thank my colleagues for all the support, love and friendship that you have shown to me here.

Like we have all noted, some of us may not see ourselves after today, but I know that wherever we meet, and however we come to see each other, we will always know that there was a time when we shared together the ability and hope to make our country better and we did our best.

To you Mr Senate President, I want to say that while we may not have agreed on everything, while we may have parted ways politically, you remain my friend, and I will always be happy to call you my friend anywhere, any day, any time.

I say the same to the Deputy Senate President and to all of you my dear colleagues, you are beloved of me for always. I thank you all sincerely for the opportunity we had to work together.

I also want to say sir, that while we leave this place, let us not forget that it was the desire to serve our country that brought us here. We may not have been perfect, and we may not have done everything as perfectly as others would have hoped, but the important thing is that we have preserved this institution and others too, will have an opportunity to come here and contribute their bit.

Wherever we are, wherever we find ourselves after now, let us remember that as people who have served in this chamber, we continue to carry the integrity of the Senate with us, we continue to carry the aspirations of our people with us; and wherever we find ourselves, we should make every effort to continue to represent the highest standards of patriotism, integrity and commitment to Nigeria.

I thank you all my dear colleagues, I wish you well as you leave and I pray that God in his infinite mercy will continue to bless you all, bless our country, bless me and most of all, bless the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Thank you all.

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