Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Monday declared that Chief Mosood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola and others, who paid the supreme price for the actualization of June 12, 1993 presidential election, did not die in vain.
Ajimobi in a statement issued on his behalf by Mr. Bolaji Tunji, his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, a copy which was mailed to DAILY POST, said that the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari was a vindication of the clamour, in the last 25 years, for the recognition of Abiola’s sacrifice.
The governor while congratulating the people of the state and all democrats across the country on this year’s commemoration of the June 12 annulment, noted that the struggles of the years past were beginning to yield the desired dividends.
Ajimobi disclosed that this year’s occasion presented a veritable opportunity for the people to celebrate and also reflect on the ideals that Abiola and other pro-democracy activists lived and died for.
While describing the late politician and business mogul as a symbol of democracy, Ajimobi praised him for his strong conviction that ordinary Nigerians must be freed from the shackles of oppression and poverty.
Ajimobi said, “It was this conviction that Nigerian masses should be freed from their oppressors and that the destiny of the whole nation should not be held to ransom by a cabal that propelled him to stand by his mandate and to defend it to the last.
“Apart from Abiola, the democracy that we all are enjoying now was also made possible by the likes of Chief Abraham Adesanya, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Chief Frank Kokori, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu among others.
“We must continue to do everything to preserve the memory of June 12, which was the day that Nigerians shelved ethnic or religious biases to take their destinies in their own hands.’’
He then prayed for the repose of the souls of Abiola and other Nigerians who lost their lives in the struggle.