Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised that young
Nigerians should be educated on the significance of the June 12
The governor stated that it is through the formal education on the
importance of the day that the people will appreciate and immortalise
the acclaimed winner of the adjudged freest and fairest election in
Nigeria, which the late philanthropist, Moshood Olawale Abiola won.
Speaking at the maiden 2019 National Democracy Day celebration in
remembrance of late MKO Abiola, the hero of the annulled June 12, 1993
general elections held at De Blue Roof, Agidingbi, Ikeja, the governor
who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said “on June
12, 1993, Nigeria had an election adjudged by the entire world to be
free and fair and remained so till this moment.”
He said the importance of June 12 should not be lost on Nigerians,
adding that parents should drum up its importance to the young ones
and its relevance to the democracy Nigerians now enjoy.
“We are here today to continue what Lagos state government started in
1999. We must thank President Muhammadu Buhari because June 12 is part
of our history. We must let our children know about June 12. If over
two hundred million Nigerians do the right thing and maintain their
lanes, this country will be great,” he said.
“Democracy as the June 12 1993 elections and its annulment have shown
is a process and not an event in itself. It is a process which
acknowledges that the burning desire and the power of the people, in
choosing their leaders, is clearly deep-rooted and non-negotiable”,
The governor commended patriotic and excellent Nigerians that
sacrificed their time, resources and their very lives to make the
essence of June 12 acknowledged.
“Our great leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu along with many others
was at the vanguard for the actualisation of the democracy and
democratic state which the June 12 birthed in the country”, he said.