Ogun residents celebrate 20-year anniversary of June 12 in style

MKO Abiola

The Ogun State governor called on the Federal Government to declare June 12 a public holiday. 

Abeokuta in Ogun State, the hometown of late politician and winner of June 12,1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola, Wednesday, went wild with a colourful celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of the election; which was annulled by the then military regime led by Ibrahim Babangida.

The day of the election, described as Nigeria’s freest and fairest, has also been declared Democracy Day in some parts of South-West, Nigeria.

The residents of Abeokuta led by the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, embarked on a town trek as early as 8.00 a.m. from the popular June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, in Abeokuta.

Participants included professional bodies, students, artisans, civil servants, political office holders, market men and women, and the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ.

There were all dressed in T-shirts that had Abiola’s portrait imprinted.

Two of Abiola’s daughters including Hasfat Abiola-Costello, were on the train that had local musicians armed with talking drums giving the whole trek a rhythmic and lively experience.

The participants, in their thousands, visited the family home of the late politician located at Oke-Agbo area of the town where Muslim prayers were offered for the repose of his soul.

After hours of the trekking, all the participants moved to the 25,000 capacity Moshood Abiola International Stadium to round off the ceremony.

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, then called on Federal Government to recognise and declare June 12 as Democracy Day.

He described the late Mr. Abiola as the father of democracy in Nigeria adding that Mr. Abiola’s name will remain a reference point in the nation’s history.

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