Democracy Day: Demolish sectarian fences, build bridges – Gov. Abiodun

June 13, 2021
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Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has said that the best way for Nigerians to immortalise and celebrate the late MKO Abiola and June 12, is to build bridg­es and demolish sectarian fences.

Abiodun stated this on Saturday in his speech at the 2021 Democracy Day cel­ebration, held at the MKO Abiola International Sta­dium, Kuto, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The governor, who said Nigerians cannot afford to bring down the country or show despair in its future, noted that the supreme price paid by the late Abio­la and his mandate should serve as a reminder that Nigerians are stronger to­gether as a Nation.

He added that “until Nige­rians embrace the essence of the MKO persona, inter­nalize belief in self, faith in a united country and other initiatives that help to en­gender a sense of shared heritage amongst Nigerian people, we will continue to be a country in search of Nationhood”.

Abiodun further urged Nigerians to push all the negative and divisive forces and policies on the back-foot and embrace the symbolism of June 12, saying, “Let us join hands to make Nigeria work for all Nigerians.”

Such unity, according to the governor, will end all quest for self-determi­nation and other sectarian agitations, and calm frayed nerves.

“June 12 represents what will strengthen the coun­try’s unity, indivisibility and oneness.

“Therefore, we must not forget that, as individuals, we can also change the course of history, like MKO did, even at this point in time. We must all note that each and every one of us, our actions and inactions, will either propel the coun­try forward or fuel the al­ready tense situation.

“Our country should rise and fulfill its full potential in the comity of nations. We should not limit that man­date and success to 1993.

“We must ensure that hope is kept alive. We can­not afford to bring down our country or show despair in our future. Truly, Nigeria shall rise again,” Abiodun stated.

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