While others are rejoicing and dancing over this democracy day, I muse over the state of affairs in my dear country.
That the great country Nigeria is running in a supposed democracy brings some level of relief, however, it is not yet uhuru.
Today, Nigeria will host series of events in commemoration of the June 12, 1993 on the one hand and democracy day on the other.
The question that should be asked and that may never be answered is, “the ideals for which Bashorun M.K.O Abiola paid the supreme price; is it still the common ideal?”.
Lagos State Government especially, will receive the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and Cherie Blaire (Wife of Tony Blaire, former UK Prime Minister) and other personalities at the 2020 Democracy Day celebration.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, said in a statement that the state will be celebrating the 27th anniversary of June 12 and Democracy Day with Nigerian youths.
The theme of the online celebration is “June 12: Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the virtual event holding on June 12 by 12.00 noon, will also feature multi-award winning artiste, Timi Dakolo and TY Bello, among notable personalities. The statement said that the artistes would be joined by a veteran journalist, public commentator and publisher of Ovation Magazine, Bashorun Dele Momodu.
It further said that artistes are expected to entertain youths from different campuses that will be attending the online celebration. “They (artistes) will be joined by Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Dele Alake. ”Also, daughter of late Moshood Abiola, Dr Hafsat Abiola-Costello, to inculcate democratic values that will aid Nigeria’s continued development.
“Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu and others, including Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, Ms Yemi Adamolekun and Mr Seun Onigbinde, will further chronicle how June 12 was declared a public holiday by the Federal Government in honor of the memory of Moshood Abiola,” it said.
The statement further said that the contributions and efforts must be done to ensure the contributions made by several Nigerians do not go in vain. It said that Sanwo-Olu would address the youths and explain to them how the present administration had ensured that none of the citizens’ rights was trampled upon.
Gov. Sanwo-olu would explain what the administration had done in the last one year to ensure residents of Lagos got the dividends of democracy they agitated for, while marching on the streets to demand for the return of civilian government over 20 years ago.
The event to be held via Zoom and streamed across social media platforms will give participants the opportunity to ask questions that would possibly help prepare them for the future.
As we celebrate Nigeria’s democracy day today, it is important that every man owns up to his responsibility for to achieve a better state, we must first be better citizens.
Remember that today is another opportunity to help make the world a better place by putting smiles on the faces of other people through your acts of kindness.