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M.K.O. Abiola: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun & Osun States Declare June 12 Public Holiday

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The Lagos State Government on Sunday joined Oyo, Ogun and Osun states to  declare Monday public holiday to mark the June 12 anniversary.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello,  said the state remains committed to the ideals of the annulled 1993 Presidential election.

Ambode said the holiday was in honour of the ideals which June 12, 1993 Presidential election represented, being a day that the country experienced an election that was adjudged as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.

He said that 24 years after, the ideals of June 12  are still worth celebrating, describing the day as one of the most defining moments of the country’s political history which had positively shaped its democracy.

The Governor urged Nigerians  to go beyond the commemoration and strive to entrench a viable democracy.

He said that this was a way to immortalise the late  winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, M.K.O Abiola through the practice of true federalism and conduct of credible and fair elections.

 

12 Comments

  1. Asa

    June 12, 2017 at 2:37 am

    What?! Public Holiday in 4 States? For a man who declared himself President? And caused the post June 12 riots popularly known in the east as “oso Abiola” which took the lives of many people?

    Ok… the above is a one sided view of the narrative. The real truth is that Babangida nullified the freest and fairest elections Nigeria has ever held (according to popular media) and denied Abiola his mandate. The Yorubas have chosen to remember Abiola and we won’t deny them that.

    On the other hand, Igbos were massacred during the civil war. The war almost wiped out the tribe. Why? Because they decided to stop being a part of Nigeria.

    When the Igbos remember Biafra, the whole nation tries to justify the killings by saying the Igbos tried to secede. Most people aren’t sympathetic to the plight of the Igbos and recently a group in the North gave them quit notice.

    Now as an Igbo girl I would like all of us to remain together in Nigeria but I would want all of us to examine why Abiola can be recognized in 4 states and genocide in the south east of Nigeria cannot be remembered. Again, to those who say we will go to war and teach the Igbos a lesson, I ask, what benefit do you derive from Igbos being a part of Nigeria that you would lose if they left?

    Finally, if every part of Nigeria is treated fairly, then there should be a quit notice for the Yorubas too. For declaring a public holiday that may affect other parts of the country in recognition of Abiola who declared himself President like the Igbos declared themselves independent.

    Food for thought.

    • abby

      June 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Good luck to you

    • wow

      June 12, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Your hatred for Yorubas is on another level AND I’m sure you are writing that from Lagos…go to your village and develop the place na

      Your hatred will soon choke you to death

    • Asa

      June 12, 2017 at 9:47 am

      @Wow I am writing from the comfort of Abuja where I may soon be sacked if the October 1st deadline holds. But where in my comment did you deduce hate for yoruba people? You either did not understand the comment or you like to put fire where there is not fire.

      But then if you consider a call for fairness hatred for Yorubas then you are part of the problem.

    • Memoir

      June 12, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Asa…Stop being too damn emotional..I don’t see anything stopping South Eastern states from adopting a day in Biafra. Its that simple. Nobdy stopping them.

    • Brainstorm

      June 12, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Asa, Yoruba states (not even all) declared today as public holiday not the Federal Government. S/Eastern states can do the same for Biafra.

    • Dr Paul

      June 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Well said Asa. The south Westerners are the biggest and blindest fools ever. That was why it was easy for the Hausas to enslave them.

    • Anonymous

      June 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      The war against Biafra was a legal war because the Nigerian constitution does not recognize secession. It was a legal war against Biafra and you lost. Biafra is conquered forever and ever. The moral side of war which includes the genocide your people suffered is the unfortunate reality of war however it was a legal war between Nigeria and the rebel group of Biafra. Get your ass out of Abuja and move to your erosion ridden village in the south east if you are so pained by 4 south west states celebrating June 12.

    • Jade Edo babe

      June 12, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Abeg, this is not about Biafra. If Igbos want to have ojukwu and Biafra holiday day in the East, they are free to do so.
      Yorubas have chosen to celebrate Abiola in their states, let West celebrate him.

  2. Diamond

    June 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

    June 12 should be democracy day, not May 29.

    Obasanjo is evil, he insisted on May 29, because he is jealous of Abiola and prefers his name, not MKO’sw attached to Nigeria democracy. And it was because of this same MKO, the northern politicians made OBJ president to assuage the Yoruba

  3. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    June 12, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    This is absoutely ridiculous. These four State governors have lost their minds for declaring June 12 a public holiday. If I have my way, I will order these idiots ( Governors ) to refund back to the coffers of their respective State government the exact amount in Naira their so called Public holiday may have cost their respective State governments. A word is enough for the wise. i’M JUST SAYING.

  4. nnenne

    June 13, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Enjoy your holiday. Our Yoruba neighbors. From now henceforth, 30th of May had come to be memorial day for Biafrans killed before, during and after the war!
    We shall never forget!

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