The Lagos State Government has declared today as a public holiday to mark June 12 celebration in the state, saying that the state remains committed to the ideals of the annulled 1993 presidential election.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, on behalf of the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the government said the holiday was in honour of the ideals which June 12, 1993 presidential election represents being a day that the country experienced an election that was adjudged as the freest and fairest in Nigeriaâ€™s history. The governor said 24 years after, the ideals of June 12 commemoration were worth celebrating, describing the day as one of the most defining moments of the countryâ€™s political history which has positively shaped its democratic rule.
Ambode said the time has come for Nigerians to go beyond the commemoration and entrench a viable democracy as a way to immortalise the late presumed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Abiola through the practice of true federalism and conduct of credible and fair elections.
Continuing, Ambode said part of the enduring lessons of June 12 election is that it imbued the patriotic and nationalistic zeal in all Nigerians to speak with one voice to make a political choice devoid of ethnic, racial or social sentiments.
Meanwhile, the state government, through the office of Civic Engagement, has perfected arrangement for the annual public symposium which will hold at the De Roof, LTV 8 in Ikeja, to celebrate June 12.