Gov Yahaya Bello Hails Buhari on MKO’s Honour

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Late MKO Abiola
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Gov Yahaya Bello Hails Buhari on MKO’s Honour

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has hailed President Buhari for declaring June 12 as Democracy Day.

Late MKO Abiola
Late MKO Abiola

He said the declaration was a “further demonstration of the President’s commitment to democracy.”

The governor, who stated this in a statement by his Director General of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, applauded the President for identifying with the “iconic date that religious bigotry and ethnic bias were defeated in our body polity.”

The statement partly read, “On June 12, 1993, I was part of a generation of young Nigerians who witnessed the betrayal of the voices of our people against the iconic date that ethnic divisions and religious bigotry were defeated in our political life.”

“The late MKO Abiola who was a renowned Muslim, who floated a presidential ticket with another Muslim, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe. Nigerians ignored those interests and chose a united Nigeria.”

“The annulment of that historic poll sparked a chain of events and our father, MKO Abiola, died in the process, giving birth to the democracy that we all enjoy today.”

“Administrations after that did little to give a badge of respect to June 12, despite being the tree that bears the democratic fruits we enjoy today. But President Muhammadu Buhari has dared to be different and bowed to the wishes of Nigerians to set aside the date to celebrate our freedom from dictatorship.”

“This has gone a long way to position Mr President as a defender of democracy, a defender of common good and a defender of freedom.”

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