Stakeholders in Ondo state have commended president Muhammadu Buhari for his progressive ideology in declaring june 12 as democracy day.
They spoke at the June 12 anniversary celebration and townhall assembly to commemorate the event by the state government at the international culture and event center the Dome in akure.
The chairman on the occasion, a member of the Presidential inauguration committee and first President of African Students Union Prince Olu Adegboro who said the declaration of june 12 as democracy is a quantum leap to entrench nigeria ‘s democracy.
Others who spoke at the event include Chief Sehinde Arogbofa and the special advuser to governor Akeredolu on transportation mr Toni Ogunleye said the steps taken by governor Akeredolu to celebrate with a townhall assembly is highly commendable.
Dignitaries at the event were, governor oluwarotimi akeredolu represented by the deputy governor hon Agboola Ajayi, secretary to the state government hon Ifedayo Abegunde, members of the state executive council, civil servants, civil society groups , students among others.
Meanwhile, discussants at the event have saluted the June 12 struggle as a battle well fought for the survival of Nigeria’s democracy.
Leading the discussions, is a veteran journalist and Author Mr Dare Babarinsa who traced the evolution of june 12 to the era of military junta in the country saluted the courage of the heroes of june 12 for its actualisation as democracy day.
While speaking on the molestation of civilians by the military in 1993 for fighting for what is considered fair and just, a professor of English and communication Bayo Aborosha called for immediate prosecution of those who participated in blood shield as well as the annulment of the june 12 election.
On his part, a human right activist for campaign for democracy Ifeanyi Odili said the june 12 celebration should set the standard for electing leaders with track records of good antecedents into political offices in providing good governance across the nation.