By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
In commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day, Osun State Government has declared Thursday, 12th June, 2014 as public holiday.
According to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere, Osun acknowledged the importance of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election which was acclaimed to have been won by Chief M. K. O. Abiola towards the enthronement of democracy in the country and set aside the day for residents of the state to celebrate the victory of truth over falsehood.
The statement disclosed that over 14 million Nigerians spoke with one voice during the poll declared as the freeiest, fairest, most peaceful and transparent election in the democratic history of Nigeria but was later annulled by the military administration in the country, saying any attempt to bury the importance of the day by anyone would fail.
The release then urged residents of the state to use the opportunity of the holiday to reflect on the state of the nation and work hard to ensure the sustainance of democracy and also strengthen the present democratic structure in the country.
Akere said all genuine lovers of democracy should also use the occasion to pray for lasting peace in the North Eastern part of the country and the safe release of the abducted over 200 school girls in Chibok, Borno State.