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Oyetola hails Buhari for declaring June 12 Democracy Day, sues for unity among all Nigerians

Governor of the State of Osun, Gboyega Oyetola, has praised President Mohammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 Democracy Day.

Oyetola gave the commendation, Wednesday, at an event organised by the state government in conjunction with a Coalition of Civil Society Groups to mark the maiden June 12 Democracy Day celebration in Osogbo, the state capital.

According to him, President Buhari has done what many before him failed to do and written his name in the hearts of those who believe in the unity that June 12 symbolizes.

The Governor said further that Nigerians, irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political leaning, must do all they could to promote unity and peaceful coexistence among themselves.

“The declaration of June 12 is an affirmation of the fact that the present administration believes so much in things that can promote unity and peace.

 “This is a period of sober reflection on the selfless service and sacrifice made by our heroes to ensure that we remain united and indivisible as a nation.

 “As we are celebrating the maiden Democracy Day, we must do everything possible to strengthen the peaceful coexistence and unity of the Nigerian nation.

 “As a state government, we are doing everything possible to nip in the bud any form of criminality in the state”, he said.

 

Also speaking at the event, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade summed up the challenges of the country and proffered workable solutions.

“For us to put many of our challenges behind us, we have to fight poverty and corruption among others. There must be a scientific war against crime. We must develop a modern way of fighting insecurity in the country. 

“We need attitudinal change in the way we do things as a nation and as Nigerians. We need to go back to the drawing board. It is time to adopt the 1962 Constitution that gives room for true federalism and referendum in a democratic setting”.

 

In the same vein, Mrs. Toyin Eweje identified inequality, corruption and poverty as the root cause of insecurity in the country, adding that with adequate social inclusion and sustained fight against corruption, the country would surmount all of its challenges.

A pro-democracy activist, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, on his part, described President Buhari’s decision to make June 12 Democracy Day as unprecedented, memorable and significant in the history of Nigeria, noting that the administration had set a good precedent and written its existence on the sands of time.

The event had as theme: “The State of Insecurity in Nigeria and the Challenge of National Questions – The way forward”.

 — Oluwasegun Bukunmi