12 June 2012

Nigeria: June 12 - Lagos Declares Public Holiday

Lagos — The Lagos State government has declared today (Tuesday) June 12, 2012 a public holiday in remembrance of late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO), the winner of the 1993 presidential election.

Our correspondent reports that to commemorate the day, the state government in collaboration with June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations, has organized a lecture with the theme: "Challenges and Prospects of True Federalism, Political Legitimacy and National Security".

The event, which will be hosted by Governor Babatunde Fashola is expected to be chaired by former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa while the national leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be the Father of the day. It was also gathered that activists will gather at the residence of late Chief MKO Abiola in Ikeja to pray for the repose of his soul. Chairman, central organizing committee of the June 12 Movement, Wale Okuniyi urged democrats and all change agents across the country to support the movement to honour Abiola today.

Daily Trust learnt that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji will lay a memorial wreath at Abiola's house.

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