By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on Monday declared that Chief MKO Abiola and other heroes and heroines that died for the actualization of June 12, 1993 presidential election did not die in vain after all.
The governor in a statement by his Special Adviser Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji pointed out that the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari was a vindication of the clamour, in the last 25 years, for the recognition of Abiola’s sacrifice.
According to the governor, the time has come for Nigerians to continue to defend democracy and its institutions against anti-democratic forces no matter the odds.
“We must continue to do everything to preserve the memory of June 12, which was the day that Nigerians shelved ethnic or religious biases to take their destinies in their own hands.’’ he said.
Congratulating the people of Oyo state and all democrats across the country on this year’s commemoration of the June 12 annulment, Governor Ajimobi said the struggles of the years past are beginning to yield the desired dividends, adding that this year’s occasion presented a veritable opportunity for the people to celebrate and also reflect on the ideals that Abiola and other pro-democracy activists lived and died for.
While describing the late Chief Abiola as a symbol of democracy, Governor Ajimobi praised him for his strong conviction that ordinary Nigerians must be freed from the shackles of oppression and poverty.
“IIt was this conviction that Nigerian masses should be freed from their oppressors and that the destiny of the whole nation should not be held to ransom by a cabal that propelled him to stand by his mandate and to defend it to the last. Apart from Abiola, the democracy that we all are enjoying now was also made possible by the likes of Chief Abraham Adesanya, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Chief Frank Kokori, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu among others.”
He however prayed for the repose of the souls of Abiola and other Nigerians who lost their lives in the struggle to actualize the annulled election.