By; Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
As Nigerians across the country celebrate the 26th anniversary of June 12 Democracy Day, political actors have been charged not to lose sight of the significance of June 12, as so much labour and struggles have been invested in it in order to ensure the attainment and the survival of democracy enjoyed by all today.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who gave this charge during his address at the anniversary commemorating the 2019 Democracy Day Celebration themed” Democracy Beyond Abiola and June 12″ held at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, also urged Nigerians to make the sacrifice of MKO Abiola count, as good governance targeted for the benefit of the citizens continue to yield positive results at all levels.
Abiodun, who was represented by his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako- Oyedele, appreciated the trust and mandate reposed in his administration by the people of the state assuring that his government was committed to good governance that would ensure abundance of life in all ramifications.
“We are determined to entrench good governance which will further enhance the quality of life of our people. Just as Chief MKO Abiola was neither a sectional leader nor biased in his dealings with everyone he came across, we vow to enthrone transparency in our efforts at taking Ogun State to the height as envisioned by our forebears.
“We pledge to leave no stone un-turned in our bid to bring equal socio-economic development to every part of Ogun State. It was creating an equitable society and enlarging opportunities for individuals and societal development that Chief MKO Abiola stood and died for, a vision which we vow to bring to fruition in the State” Abiodun stressed.
The governor therefore enjoined citizens to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the nation and continue to remain united and patriotic adding that no greater honour could be bestowed on the late MKO Abiola .
In his goodwill message, Speaker Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, noted that June 12 struggle was not in vain, charging all politicians to come together to erase poverty in the Country.
Also speaking, one of the sons of late MKO Abiola said the event of June 12 marked the freest election Nigeria ever had, eulogizing his father’s struggles as a fight that was worthwhile.
Professor of Political Science, Lagos State University, Sylvester Odion said June 120k signified freedom and triumph of Political
Also a former Secretary of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State Council, urged politicians to fight poverty, noting that MKO Abiola charity knows no bounds as June 12 signifies freedom for all ethnic nationality. She added
In his remark, former Chip Whip of the House of Representatives, Wale Oshun, said Government and the people of the state must hold the memory of MKO a lot of appreciation, stating that the inheritors of June 12 struggles should work hard and sacrifice to ensure that the country is returned to federalism.
“We must also acknowledged the efforts of Anthony Enahoro and others who strived for true democracy that yielded civil rules” he said.
Highpoint of the event was match past by students, unions and political groups.