LAGOS State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu has advised that young Nigerians should be educated on the significance of the June 12 anniversary.
The governor stressed 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 the most free and fair and remained so till this moment”.
He emphasized that 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”, Sanwo-Olu said.