June 12: Sanwoolu, Tinubu, Soyinka, others rally Lagos youths in celebration

Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, among others will on Friday rally youths in the state at a Special Webinar event in commemoration of this year’s National Democracy Day celebration.

This year’s National Democracy Day, which in celebration of June 12, to mark the free and poll election won the business mogul, late MKO Abiola but was annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida in 1993, is being organised by the Lagos State government with the programme scheduled to commence at 12noon.

The dignitaries will be joined by Special Adviser to the President on Political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu; former Commissioner for information and Strategy in the state, Chief Dele Alake; publisher of Ovation International Magazine, Bashorun Dele Momodu and daughter of Chief Moshood Abiola, Dr Hafsat Abiola-Costello.

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According to the organisers, they are all scheduled to mentor the youths and explain how they contributed immensely to the democratic system the country enjoys today at the youth celebration for the day themed: ‘June 12: Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future.’

Tinubu, who is also a former governor of Lagos State, Governor Sanwo-Olu and others, including Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin of Women Arise, Ms Yemi Adamolekun, and Mr Seun Onigbinde, will further chronicle how the day declared a public holiday by the Federal Government in honour of the memory of Bashorun Abiola, started, their contributions and efforts that must be made to ensure that the contributions made by several Nigerians do not go in vain.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, it is expected, will also at the event explain to the youth how the present administration under him had ensured that none of the citizens’ rights was trampled upon and in the last one year work and efforts made daily to ensure residents of Lagos get the dividend of democracy they agitated for while marching on the street to demand for the return of civilian government over 20 years ago.

“Sanwo-Olu and his deputy will at the event informed the youths how they had been preparing themselves for leadership before assuming office last year in the state.

“After the speakers must have taken their turn to explain to the youths their contributions, the participants will have the opportunity to ask questions that would possibly help prepare them for the future,” the statement said.

“The event, due to the spread of COVID-19 to Lagos, would be held over the Internet, virtually through Zoom, in compliance with government directives to prevent the transmission of coronavirus and to flatten the virus curve in the state,” it added.


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