Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on Thursday commissioned and named a newly built recreational park after a former Military Administrator of the state, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu for his contribution to the June 12 struggle.
Fashola said the government chose the 21st anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, a very symbolic date in the annals of the nation’s road to democracy, to commission the park, albeit lamenting that some agents working against democracy are still very much around, and are manifesting their uncontrollable effort as election approaches in Ekiti.
He said Kanu, whom the park is named after, was one of the many Nigerians that stood up for what is right during the June 12 struggle.
According to him, There is no occasion of June 12 that he (Kanu) did not participate, he stood for June 12 and he stood to restore democracy.
Fashola charged all public office holders across the country to remember that if those who stood up for democracy did not do so, perhaps they would not have had the opportunity to serve in the positions they hold in public trust.
Responding, Kanu expressed gratitude to the government for the gesture, charging all those that will use the park to keep in mind the need to stand for what is right at all time.
He called on Nigerians to pursue the objective of June 12 struggle, saying the country would have been better positioned if the election was not annulled.
There is more reason to pursue the tenets of the struggle, more reason to put this country where it should be.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the park was situated in Alausa to further enhance the greening culture the area is known for in the last 25 years.
“For many, it is a citadel of relaxation, family retreats, friendship reunion, childrens excursion, a remarkable ground for all festivities and a place for individual relaxations and renewal,” Bello stated.
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SOURCE: Nigeria – The Nation