the Lagos State Government on Sunday joined its Oyo, Ogun and Osun states counterparts in declaring Tuesday a public holiday to mark the June 12 anniversary.
In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, he said the state remains committed to the ideals of the annulled 1993 Presidential election.
Ambode said the holiday was in honour of the ideals which June 12, 1993, Presidential election represented, being a day that the country experienced an election that was adjudged as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.
He said that 24 years after, the ideals of June 12 are still worth celebrating, describing the day as one of the most defining moments of the country’s political history which had positively shaped its democracy.
The Governor urged Nigerians to go beyond the commemoration and strive to entrench a viable democracy.
Similarly, the Oyo State Government had earlier declared Tuesday, June 12 as a public holiday throughout the state.
According to the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, the declaration by the government was to commemorate the anniversary of June 12, 1993, election generally and widely believed to have been won by the Late business mogul, MKO Abiola.
The Oyo government expressed satisfaction that 25 years after the election adjudged to be the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria, the winner of the election, the late Abiola, was recognized by the Federal Government
The Oyo government also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the posthumous award of the highest honour of the land, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on Abiola.
It lauded the decision to make June 12 as the Democracy Day in recognition and honour of the martyrdom of Abiola and others who fought for the actualization of democracy in Nigeria.
The state government described the late politician and business mogul as a symbol of democracy.
“We commend and appreciate the late Abiola’s strong conviction that the ordinary Nigerian must be freed from the shackles of oppression, poverty, penury and want,”it said.
It explained that the ideal of the good governance which the late Abiola stood for had always motivated the All Progressives Congress (APC) governments at Oyo State and the federal level”
The government said that the dividends of this good governance which is pro-people will forever be remembered in the annals of the country, assuring of the continuous
celebration June 12.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that President Buhari on Wednesday declared that June 12 would be celebrated as Democracy Day in the country from 2019.
The president also stated that the highest honour of the country, Grand Commander of Federal Republic(GCFR) would be posthumously conferred on Abiola.
Also to be honoured are Abiola’s running mate in the election, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe and Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi. Both would receive GCON.