By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Members of the Riders and Owners of Motorcycles Organisation (ROMO), on Saturday, stormed the MKO Abiola International Stadium to honour the hero of Nigeria’s democracy, Chief Moshood Kashimowo Olawale Abiola for this year’s June 12 democracy day.
The members who were led by their Chairman, Comrade Sotayo Olusola Rasak, dressed in their white and blue uniforms besieged the stadium, venue of the June 12 celebration, organised by the Ogun State Government to honour MKO Abiola.
ROMO alongside members of other transport unions arrived at the stadium as early as 8am.
The event was attended by Governor Dapo Abiodun, Deputy Governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele and Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kunle Oluomo, among others.
Governor Abiodun in his speech called on those calling for the disintegration of Nigeria to shelve the idea and embrace unity in the spirit of June 12.
The Governor who stated this at an event organised by the State government to mark the celebration of democracy day, said “MKO Abiola and his mandate should serve as a reminder to all of us that we are stronger together as a Nation.
“He (Abiola) broke all barriers such as religion and ethnicity that are being used in Nigeria today to divide us.
“He won across the length and breadth of this country, even at the backyard of his main opponents.
“It was a phenomenon that should remind us that we are greater than our challenges.
“Unless and until we embrace the essence of the MKO persona, internalize belief in self, faith in a united country and other initiatives that help to engender a sense of shared heritage amongst Nigerian people, we will continue to be a country in search of Nationhood.
“Let us push all the negative and divisive forces and policies on the back-foot and embrace the symbolism of June 12. Let us join hands to make Nigeria work for all Nigerians.
“This will end all quest for self-determination and other sectarian agitations and calm frayed nerves. June 12 represents what will strengthen the country’s unity, indivisibility and oneness.”
Speaking to journalists later, ROMO Chairman, Comrade Sotayo Olusola Rasak, hailed the sacrifice of late Chief MKO Abiola for his selfless service to Nigeria, urging the leaders of the country to emulate him.
Sotayo also commended Governor Abiodun for changing the fortunes of the State for good, saying the Governor has surpassed the expectations of the people of the State.