Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state Wednesday thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for making June 12 the country’s Democracy Day and the renaming of Abuja National Stadium after the late Chief M. K. O. Abiola.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a close-door meeting with the president, Abiodun said recognising Abiola by the the present administration was a unifying factor in the political history of the country’.
“MKO Abiola was someone who won an election, ran a Muslim- Muslim ticket meaning that he demystified the issue of religion and that would have been a turning point in the history of Nigeria.
“So Baba recognized that and he firmly believed in Abiola’s mandate and he didn’t have to be convinced, that it was something he believed in and he keyed into and he felt that Abiola would have been a very good president.
“I thanked him for naming the stadium after him as well which was unexpected. He said he didn’t even share with anyone; it was something he wanted to do, to underscore the fact that Abiola was indeed a great man,” he said.
The governor said his administration was determined to ensure a secured Ogun as the “state is called gateway for a reason; we are gateway to Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Cotonou, to so many other places.
He said the state government Ogun had an agreement with and Lagos state on a robust Security Trust Fund to safeguard lives and property of inhabitants of the two states.
“Myself and the governor of Lagos state we have discussed, we are going to ensure we have a robust security trust fund so that we can have patrol vehicles along the connecting roads, tracking devices, communications equipment.
“Because, if we want to take advance of what we call the pull factor, today Ogun state has the largest industrial hub of the country but they are there because Ogun is close to Lagos. So all these I shared with Mr President.
“But top on the list is agriculture; we are placing Premium on agriculture. We see it as opportunity to directly impact on people’s lives and so we are tapping into Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ programme,” he said.