ABEOKUTA- The governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has extolled the qualities of Mrs Kudirat Abiola, describing her as ‘a democracy icon and martyr to the cause of civil rule in Nigeria.’

Senator Amosun stated this in Lagos at the N250m Endowment Fund for the construction of the Kudirat Abiola Women Centre.

According to the governor, ‘The enemies of democracy killed the body of Mrs Kudirat Abiola but did not succeed in killing her soul. Today, she should have been 60 but when we mention her name, it’s as if she spent 100 years. So it’s not how long but how well.’

The governor promised to partner with the Centre to make it achieve its laudable goals, adding that Ogun State had already surpassed the 35 per cent benchmark based on the number of women holding political offices in the state.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was represented by Mr Sam Omatseye, said the event was to ensure that women took their rightful place in all spheres of life. He observed that the presence of Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Chief Mrs Bisi Fayemi at the occasion was to echo the voice of representative democracy, adding that ‘Today’s democracy, however imperfect, is better than tyranny.’

He commended the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), led by Mrs Hafsat Abiola-Costello, for organising the event in order to promote the cause of women in the country.

The Executive Director of KIND, Amy Oyekunle, explained that Abuja was chosen for the location of the Kudirat Abiola Women Centre in order to easily connect women in the six-geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

The Kudirat Abiola Women Centre would be a physical space for developing and providing services, resources and other forms of support for women; a development hub for leadership and governance for Nigeria’s dynamic women.

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