- OPC leader, Aare Gani Adams have hailed the Nigerian Senate for approving June 12 as the country's Democracy Day
- Adams dedicated the glory of the day to the memories of the those he described as Nigeria's fallen heroes and heroines
- He, however, urged the federal government to also make policies that will make democracy work for Nigeria and Nigerians
Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, on Thursday, May 16, described the Senate's approval of June 12 as Democracy Day as victory for democracy.
He dedicated the glory of the day to the memories of the those he described as Nigeria's fallen heroes and heroines.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Aderemi, Adams said with the new date, memories of those that had put their lives on the line will continue to linger on.
Part of the statement read: “Let me begin by commending the leadership of the Senate for making June 12 the official day for our democracy. Lies, they say, may endure for long, however, truth will definitely catch up with it one day.
“Thursday's approval of June 12 as democracy day is a watershed in the annals of our democratic experience. It has vindicated us, the living heroes of this democracy, and to other prominent Nigerians that paid the supreme price by putting down their lives for us to have this democracy.”
Adams said his group, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), had been celebrating the June 12 anniversary annually for the past 20 years, saying the beliefs and struggles of the leaders of the socio-cultural group in democracy have never been in vain.
“One of the reasons for the annual gathering is to tell the federal government that June 12 should be made our democracy day.
“Today, it is heart-warming that the Senate had approved June 12, making it the official day for Nigeria's democracy. It is our victory, it is the victory of the democrats, and it shows that the struggles of all our late heroes and heroines are not in vain,” he added
Adams, however, urged the federal government to also make policies that will make democracy work for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“What happened by the annulment of June 12 1993 election was an enduring wound inflicted on Nigerians, but today, with this development, the wound is gradually healing as a result of the milestone recorded by the announcement last year by the residency that June 12 should be made the democracy day.
“The approval by the Senate was a clear manifestation of our desire to make democracy work for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“More importantly, the federal government, must at all times, consider the yearnings of Nigerians as in the case of the June 12, and develop a strategy that will make the entire nation progress,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari over the movement of the Democracy Day celebration from May 29 to June 12.
The party in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, May 14, said the move will not legitimise the Buhari administration.
The opposition party insisted that the 2019 election was rigged against its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
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