Gov Abiodun On Democracy Day: ‘Let’s Make Abiola’s Sacrifice Count’


Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State governor, has called on the nation’s political actors not to lose sight of the significance of June 12, positing that so much labour and struggles have been invested in it to ensure the attainment and the survival of democracy enjoyed by all today.

Abiodun, who gave the  charge  in his address at the 2019 Democracy Day Celebration, themed, “Democracy: Beyond Abiola and June 12”,  held at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, urged Nigerians to make the sacrifice of MKO Abiola count, as  good governance targeted for the benefit of the citizens continue to yield positive results at all levels.

Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, appreciated the trust and mandate reposed in his administration by the people of the state, assuring that his government was committed to good governance that would ensure abundance of life in all ramifications.

“We are determined to entrench good governance which will further enhance the quality of life of our people. Just as Chief MKO Abiola was neither a sectional leader, nor biased in his dealings with everyone he came across, we vow to enthrone transparency in our efforts at taking Ogun State to the height as envisioned by our forebears.

“We pledge to leave no stone unturned in our bid to bring equal socio-economic development to every part of Ogun State. It was creating an equitable society and enlarging opportunities for individuals and societal development that Chief MKO Abiola stood and died for, a vision which we vow to bring to fruition in the state,” Abiodun stressed.

The governor enjoined citizens to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the nation and continue to remain united and patriotic, adding that no greater honour could be bestowed on the late MKO Abiola.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.


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