Oyo State Government has declared Tuesday, June 12 as public holiday throughout the state.
According to the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, the declaration by government was to commemorate the anniversary of June 12 1993 election generally and widely believed to have been won by Late business mogul, MKO Abiola.
The Oyo government expressed satisfaction that 25 years after the election adjudged to be the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria, the winner of the election, the late Abiola, was recognized by the Federal Government.
The Oyo government also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the posthumous award of the highest honour of the land, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on Abiola.
It lauded the decision to make June 12 as the Democracy Day in recognition and honour of the martyrdom of Abiola and others who fought for the actualization of democracy in Nigeria.
The state government described the late politician and business mogul as a symbol of democracy.
“We commend and appreciate the late Abiola’s strong conviction that the ordinary Nigerian must be freed from the shackles of oppression, poverty, penury and want,”it said.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Government has declared June 12 a work-free day to enable residents of the state mark the Democracy Day and celebrate the recent conferment of a posthumous national honour on the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola.
The secretary to the state government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, made this known in a statement on Saturday, adding that a befitting event, including a Democracy Walk to be led by the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, have been lined up for the celebration.
He said the walk is scheduled to take off from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta at 7am with participants going through major roads in the state capital to Abiola’s family house at Oke-Ido, Gbagura, where prayers will be offered for the martyr.
“It will be recalled that in the last seven years, the Amosun-led administration had consistently declared JUNE 12 work free and commemorated it with varied activities. This year will be no exception as befitting events including a Democracy Walk to be led by the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have been lined up for the celebration.
“All Government functionaries, activists, civil society organizations, democracy volunteers, civil servants, labour/trade unions, students, market women/men and other stakeholders are invited to participate,” the statement highlighted.