Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Friday said the state is poised for greatness on all fronts, having turned the page on decades of socio-economic stagnation.
Speaking during the celebration of June 12 Democracy Day in Ilorin, Abdulrazaq said, “Let me reiterate that my government will carry the good people of Kwara State along in this journey of renewed hope and prosperity and never are we going to disappoint you on our campaign promises,”
Kwara had shifted its commemoration of the event to Friday to enable AbdulRazaq join other state governors and President Muhammadu Buhari for the national celebration of June 12 in Abuja.
Mobbed by thousands of ecstatic supporters as he walked up to the stage, AbdulRazaq said he is committed to making the state a better place for every Kwaran and residents of Kwara.
“I promise to run an inclusive government. No matter your age, sex or tribe, as long as you reside in Kwara State, we will make Kwara a conducive working environment for you,” he said.
Abdulrazaq praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his courage to accord June 12 the national recognition it deserves and his support for the Kwara liberation struggle.
“Nigerians of good conscience have lauded President Buhari for finally recognising June 12 as Democracy Day.”
Speaking further, he said, “We in Kwara State also owe Mr President a debt of gratitude for standing firm on his resolve that people’s votes must count in the last election.”
In his remarks the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in the state, Hon Bashiru Omolaja Bolarinwa appreciated the president for making June 12 a reality.
Aremu, on his part, drew a similarity between the June 12 and the struggle of Kwarans, describing Abdulrazaq as a governor of destiny.
He however called on Buhari to immortalise other heroes of the June 12 struggle, such as the late Comrade Ola Oni, Pa Anthony Enahoro, Abraham Adesanya and Frank Kokori.
In his remarks, Kola Abiola said it took the Federal Government 25 years to recognise and honour the mandate of his late father.
He added, that, “The significance of June 12 is not just about MKO. It also symbolises what we can do together if we set aside our differences and relate as one tribe.
“If we do that, the sky is the limit. If we don’t allow ourselves to be divided along ethno religious lines, we will succeed as a people. if we hold our unity then June 12 will remain alive forever.”