Mainlanders and other Lagosians will have an extended weekend as the Lagos State Government has declared tomorrow, Monday, June 12, 2017, as a public holiday. The decision is in celebration of the State’s commitment t the ideals of the annulled 1993 Presidential election.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, which was obtained by InsideMainland, the government said the holiday was in honour of the ideals which June 12, 1993 Presidential election represents being a day that the country experienced an election that was adjudged as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.
The statement quoted Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode as saying “24 years after, the ideals of June 12 commemoration is worth celebrating.” Ambode described the day as one of the most defining moments of the country’s political history which has positively shaped its democratic rule.
“June 12, 1993 is a day we must not forget in the annals of our democratic history. Our present democratic experience may still be far from the ideal but we must all make concerted efforts to entrench fiscal federalism which is the only way to achieve true nationhood,” Ambode said.
He continued that “on June 12, 1993, majority of Nigerians across all divides demonstrated through the ballot box that irrespective of class or ethnic sympathies, the Nigerian people are united and would always join hands to promote our unifying values.
“We owe it a duty to genuinely immortalize the fallen heroes of the June 12 struggle nationally and deepen our democratic values to ensure that never again will such anti-people action be allowed to take place”.
However, it is imperative to note that the holiday is not observed by the Federal Government, hence, only Lagos State institutions are obliged to comply. Private and Public schools are also meant to comply as they are the responsibility of the State Government. Businesses under the private sectors including banks are expected to open for business.
Meanwhile, the State Government, through the office of Civic Engagement, has perfected arrangement for the annual public symposium which will hold at the De Roof, LTV 8 in Ikeja, to celebrate June 12.