- Governor Makinde has granted amnesty to 35 prisoners in Oyo state
- The gesture was to commemorate June 12 as Nigeria's new democracy day
- Makinde, however, enjoined residents and citizens of the state to take time off to reflect on the ways by which they could contribute to the growth of Nigeria’s democracy
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has granted amnesty to 35 convicted prisoners in the commemoration of June 12 as Nigeria's new democracy day.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the governor indicated that the he took the decision pursuant to Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Makinde who approved a low-key June 12 celebration, enjoined residents and citizens of the state to take time off to reflect on the ways by which they could contribute to the growth of Nigeria’s democracy.
The governor in a statement by his chief press secretary, Taiwo Adisa said, “Today, we have decided to set free 35 prisoners, who have been found worthy of that amnesty.”
He said in subsequent years, the state would collaborate with the family of the hero of June 12, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola to celebrate the day in grand style.
The statement read: “The government and people of Oyo state today join millions of Nigerians to remember a man who devoted his life to the service of his community and eventually died, seeking to offer more service, Chief MKO Abiola, GCFR.
Makinde said 26 years ago, Nigerians of all walks of life spoke in one voice and trooped out to participate in the freest and fairest presidential election Nigeria has ever seen.
“It was a sad day as the election was annulled by the military and the man, Abiola, eventually died in detention. We take solace, however, in the fact that his determination and dogged fight watered the flowers of democracy. It is a good thing that today, the nation is recognising his contributions by setting aside June 12 as a National Day for the celebration of democracy.
“As a people and a government, we can only urge ourselves to jealously guard and guide the legacy of democracy bequeathed to us through the struggles of MKO, while doing all we could to leave a more enduring democratic system for our children and the unborn generation'', the statement added.
The governor saluted the family of the heroes and heroines of June 12, who have had to suffer the grief and indignity of losing their beloved ones untimely, as well as the courage of the pro-democracy fighters and activists including the leaders of defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and many silent contributors, who kept the flag of June 12 flying even when it was a dangerous venture to do so.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state issued the proclamation for the inauguration of the 9th session of the state House of Assembly.
It was reported that this was announced in statement by Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretary to the governor.
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