Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said democracy has come to stay in Nigeria despite imperfections still being experienced.
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to be patient as the nation wades through the learning process.
Abubakar who transited Nigeria into the current democratic dispensation in 1999 told journalists in Jos, weekend, that democracy was still on track despite various challenges which he viewed as part of the learning process.
He spoke after a courtesy call on Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State during which he commended the gradual peace being experienced in the state.
He regretted the crisis that rocked the once peaceful state in the past and called for collective effort to sustain the peace, adding: “May this evil never visit us again.”
The former military leader who was on his way to Bauchi, commended Jang for the transformation the state had witnessed in recent times, noting how he did not recognise Rayfield, where he once served during his military career, because of the new road network.
He urged the governor to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people and enjoined the people to cooperate with government to sustain peace.
Jang praised Abubakar for being the midwife of the current democracy in the country, adding that without his patriotism and personal sacrifice, democracy might have remained elusive.
He described him as a man of destiny who has continued to contribute to the development of the country in various capacities