By Kolade Larewaju
THE Ogun State Government has declared today a workÂ free day in commemoration of the 17th anniversary of June 12, 1993 election won by Basorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
The declaration by Governor Olugbenga Daniel, according to his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, is also to honour Basorun Abiola for his numerous contributions to the socio-political and economic development of the nation, as well as his undeniable role as one of the major pillars of democracy in Nigeria.
Daniel who described Basorun Abiola as the most important hero of the country’s fledgling democracy, urged Nigerians to use the occasion to renew their commitment to the ideals of good governance, democracy, free and credible elections and the unity of the country.
The Governor asked all residents of the State to use the day to reflect on the immense contributions of Late Chief Abiola to the country and humanity in general and work towards a better society which Chief Abiola, whom he described as “a successful businessman, selfless and patriotic leader, pan Africanist, consummate politician, statesman and philanthropist of the first order stood”, lived and died for.
â€œCitizens of our State and Nigerians should use the day to reflect on the lessons of the historic event and pray for the full realization of the dreams of that great day. Our democracy is on course and we should use the coming elections to further deepen it,â€ the GovernorÂ said.