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Make June12 national holiday-Ambode tells Buhari
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Make June12 national holiday-Ambode tells Buhari

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immortalise the name of late Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola by declaring  June 12 as Democracy Day and making it a national holiday.

Speaking at a special June 12 rally at the Lagos Television Ground, Alausa, Ikeja in Lagos today, Mr. Ambode noted that the hope of Nigerians were dashed when the June 12 election was annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida, adding that the democracy that the country is currently enjoying got its roots from June 12.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode wants June 12 elevated to national holiday

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode wants June 12 elevated to national holiday

“June 12 personifies our desire to liberate ourselves and take charge of our destiny. June 12 symbolises the patriotism of all Nigerians as the election fired up hope in the mind of the people.

“Lagos has continued to be the hub of democratic ideas and we will continue to expand the frontiers of democratic governance and freedom of our people. June 12 should be declared the real democracy day,” Ambode stated, challenging the government at the centre.

According to him, “the outcome of this year’s election proved that June 12 has been fruitful. We owe it a duty to immortalise the memory of our heroes,” he said.

The governor stated that Nigeria would never forget Abiola and other martyrs of the June 12 episode

Also  speaking at the event, Prof Akin Oyebode of the University of Lagos, Law Department, who was Chairman of the occasion, described Abiola as a titanic hero who must be immortalised, saying that June 12 showed that nobody could suppress the wish of the people.

“Abiola was a precursor of the change we are celebrating today. His slogan was farewell to poverty and have we really banished poverty? The lesson to be learnt was that those who truncate the progress of the people will never be remembered,” he said.

Oyebode added that June 12 had been relegated in the country, saying that ethnicisation of June 12 is a disservice to Nigerians.

“The Federal Government should declare June 12 public holiday. Our victory will not be total until June 12 is recognised as democracy day,” he stated.

Other activists who spoke at the well-attended ceremony also make the same call on the Buhari-led government, which they believed will be a fitting a honour for the symbol and martyr of Nigerian democarcy.

 

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