Lagos Governor promises to sustain gains of democracy

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

L-R Guest lecturer at the event, Prof Kola Ogundowole, Former Chief of Army Staff, Mr Alani Akinrinade, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, former Lagos State administrator, Ndubisi Kanu and wife at the Maiden Democracy Day Celebration in Lagos.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised to sustain gains of democracy and good governance the residents of the State have enjoyed over time.

This comes as the nation marks maiden Democracy Day to celebrate the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Mr Moshood Abiola.

At an event organised by the Lagos State government to celebrate the late politician, Mr Sanwo-Olu said that late Abiola stood for service and commitment, stressing that his government would continue to tow that line.

“June 12 began for this nation a journey that we are still travelling, but we are not yet at the final destination, but someday, we will arrive there, but in other for us to get there more quickly, we may need to do things a bit more different. We may need to sacrifice our deepening held assumptions and traditions and think a bit differently.  I can tell you that this government will represent that shift of ideas and focus and we will make the road less travel by others,” he said.

According to the Governor, “While we celebrate today, the victory of progressive government and democracy, tomorrow, we must stand on guard and be truly alert.

“Democracy hurts only the extent that we protect and nurture it. As we celebrate today, we must constantly reflect on what the ideals of June 12 call for us, what lessons it offers us and what materials we are using to build on the foundation of democracy that has been laid down for us.

“As citizens, we must also hold ourselves and elected officials accountable for how they managed our resources and our off, but we must also be conscious of the enemies of progress who prowl around seeking opportunities to draw us back into darkness and away from the marvellous light that we have moved into.”

 The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Obafemi Hamzat, stressed that his government would build on all dividends of democracy which has been provided to the citizens of the country.

Exposing criminals
Former Chief of Army Staff, Mr Alani Akinrinade said that President Buhari should ensure prosecution of any group fermenting trouble in any part of the country.

According to him, “I urge President Buhari to protect himself from ‘guilt by association’ and should declare public anyone, herdsmen, kidnappers, banditry and whichever name they chose to go by either local or foreign, as criminal of the first order and to be dealt with as the law dictates. I notice that you are trying to restructure the police, please do it snappy and do not allow it turn to another talk shop.”

He urged the President not to listen to those who have kicked against restructuring and should look into the political, physical and territorial re-alignment of the country.

Governor Sanwo-Olu visited the family of late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, M.K.O where he praised President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring June 12 and making it a National public holiday.


Sammie Idika