‘How Nigeria’s democratic values can develop’
By Adekola Afolabi
For Nigeria’s democratic practice to develop, all Nigerians must work together and nurture it irrespective of religious or political leanings.
These among others were the assertions of some pro-democracy activists including the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, The Orangun of Oke-Ila, Osun state, Oba Adedokun Abolarin and other eminent Nigerians who spoke at the June 12 Democracy Day Celebration held at the International Culture and Event Centre, The Dome, Akure, the Ondo state capital.
At the epoch-making event, Akeredolu extolled the virtues of late MKO Abiola and other heroes of democracy for their courage and sacrifice for the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria, saying that June 12 remains a watershed in the history of Nigeria’s democracy.
Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, added that June 12 stands for the future of the country and a moment that symbolises unity of purpose, self-determination and political emancipation for all Nigerians.
According to him, MKO Abiola fought and died for the nation’s democracy, hence he would continue to command the respect of all, saying the present government in the state would leave no stone unturned in sustaining the ideals of June 12 and democracy.
He specifically applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping alive the memories of late MKO Abiola and other heroes of democracy in the country.
The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue to provide jobs for the youth in the state to enable them continue to enjoy real dividends of democracy and good governance in the state, just as he promised that his administration would continue to provide egalitarian society and ensure enabling environment for everybody to develop and harness their potentials.
He added that government is irrevocably committed to creating investors-friendly environment to industrialise the state and improve its economy.
Akeredolu stressed that his government would continue to nurture and entrench democratic governance in the state and bequeath good legacy for the future generations.
On his part, the Chairman on the occasion and Orangun of Oke-Ila, Osun state, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, who is also one of those who struggled for the June 12, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerians to continue to nurture the nation’s democracy in the interest of the country.
Oba Abolarin who insisted that Nigerians have not seen the beauty of democracy yet, however, appreciated God for the journey so far.
The monarch paid glowing tributes to late MKO Abiola and other heroes of democracy who sacrificed their lives to bring about the democracy we all enjoy today, saying their memories should not be forgotten.