Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ambode Unveils Abiola’s statue; Says June 12 As Democracy Day Remains A Crown of Victory


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Lagos state governor, Akinwumi Ambode yesterday joins million of Nigerians that believe democracy cannot be complete without the mention of June 12. This, it did by unveiling a statue of the presumed winner 1993 election, Chief MKO Abiola (GCFR) which is now being  accorded duly of its position as at the time this same  ceremony was on-going in Lagos with having its investiture of grand commander of the federal republic (GCFR) being awarded by president mohammadu Buhari at the presidential wing, in Abuja.


The hero of June 12 Bashorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola Resurrected yesterday in lagos and was cloth with well deserved accolades. Every Lagosians from all works of life gathered at MKO Abiola garden, Ikeja to commemorate the 25th  anniversary of june 12 presidential election and celebrate the newly recognised her and father of democracy in Nigeria.

The climax of this year’s commemoration was the unveiling of the 37-feet MKO Abiola statue at Alapere, by the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. Inscribed on the statue is: “Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, GCFR, was a foremost businessman, philanthropist and politician, who was very popular with the masses. He was also a reputable publisher. As a politician, he contested the June 12, 1993 presidential election under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), an election generally acclaimed to be the freest and fairest in Nigeria, before it was annulled by the then military junta of Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
“Chief Abiola was incarcerated and died on July 7th, 1998 while demanding for the actualization of his mandate. He was finally honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 with the highest award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, while June 12 was also declared as democracy day in Nigeria, ostensibly to validate the popularly held view that Chief M.K.O Abiola won the election and ought to have been sworn in as president.
“In the light of the above, Lagos State government hereby erects this monument to immortalize this illustrious and patriotic Nigerian, who lost his life in the struggle for the enthronement of democracy,” the inscription ended.
Ambode said recognising June 12 as the authentic Democracy Day in Nigeria was a crown of victory to the struggle that had taken the lives of so many nationalists and patriots.
Commenting on the June 12 anniversary lecture, Ambode said the theme of this year’s edition: ‘Restructuring: Antidote for ineffective Politics’, speaks for itself. He added that Nigeria’s democratic experience would still be far from ideal if the country fails to practice fiscal federalism.
“As a state and people, our stand on a restructuring process that will lead to fiscal federalism, devolution of power is very clear. Our present democratic experience may still be far from ideal but we must all make concerted efforts to entrench fiscal federalism, which is the only way to achieve true nationhood. We are absolutely convinced that it is the right way to go for us to realise the optimum potential and prosperity of the federating states and the nation.
“We all recall that a historic event happened on this very day in 1993 when Chief Moshood Kasimawo Abiola stood as a candidate in a presidential election adjudged to be the freest, fairest and most credible in the history of our nation. It was a day Nigerians demonstrated unity and put aside ethnic and religious biases to speak overwhelmingly with one voice.
“Sadly, the aspiration of Nigerians expressed through the ballot was truncated by the military. Since then, the struggle for democracy has been relentless, championed by progressive Nigerians, men of character and courage who challenged the military junta.

“With the return of democracy in 1999, Lagos State, driven by our irrepressible and indefatigable leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, continued to celebrate June 12 and always recognize its importance in our democracy.”One of the sons of Abiola, Abdulmumini Abiola, thanked the state government for erecting a statue in honour of their father, even before the Federal Government thought of honouring their father.

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