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Unity in Celebration: Nigeria Marks Democracy Day in Lagos with Support Surge for Olubadan Coronation
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Unity in Celebration: Nigeria Marks Democracy Day in Lagos with Support Surge for Olubadan Coronation

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As Nigeria basks in the glow of Democracy Day, a wave of support sweeps across the nation for the coronation of Olakulehin as Olubadan of Ibadanland. The momentum builds with notable figures like Yakassai, Eda Onile-Ola, Bolanle Awe, and various civil societies rallying behind the cause.

The fervor is part of a larger tapestry of celebration, marking 30 years since MKO Abiola’s historic self-declaration, with events culminating at MKO Abiola House in Lagos. Spearheaded by Comrade Awa Bamiji, a veteran activist, this year’s National Discourse by Pro-Democracy Groups shines a spotlight on national unity and honors heroes of democracy.

Looking ahead, September 23rd promises another landmark event to honor Chief Lere Paimo at the University of Ibadan. With President Tinubu and First Lady as special guests, and Governor Sanwo-Olu delivering a lecture in Yoruba, it’s a testament to Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and unwavering spirit of democracy.

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According to Comrade Bamiji, also among the “Who is who” in attendance Lagos event in commemoration of the Epetedo Declaration by MKO Abiola “were founding father, Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, represented by Comrade Shehu Musa Shittu, Oloye Lekan Alabi, Maye Olubadan of Ibadanland represented Olubadan of Ibadanland – Designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Veteran Nonywood Actor, Chief Lere Paimo, MFR, alias Eda Onile – Ola, Prof Sabitu Olagoke, JP, Leader Shafaudeen Islamic Center Worldwide, Engr (Mrs) Abimbola Akinajo, Managing Director, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), who doubles as a life Patron of Coaliton of Pro – Democracy Groups for A Better Nigeria and she delivered the keynote address centred on enviable heights of the Agency, Comrade Debo Adeniran, Comrade Ayo Adewale, Dr Wale Fasakin, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, former President, Petroleum Gas Workers’ Association of Nigeria (PENGASAN), Comrade Oyejide Salam, former Senate President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr Donatus Amatokwu, MKO Abiola N2000 (Proposal) Designer, Mr Sama Dafe Urhobo, Dr Mayowa Salami, Business Director, Maytowers NIG, Maytowers LLC USA, June 12 International Activist, Honourable Adewale Adeogun, DG, Tinubu Think Thank, Abuja Headquarters, Comrade Edmund Onyiriojwu, Comrade Dauda Alimi (Master), Pastor Olayiwola, Pastor Banji Ajayi, Elder, Campaign for Democracy (CD), Association of Deaf and Dumb of Nigeria led by Comrade Afolabi Dahunsi, who participated actively in June 12 struggle under the leadership of late President MKO Abiola and notable Religious Representatives, Civil Society Groups, Artisans, Trade Unionists, Business Moguls Students among others.”

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“While Chief Lere Paimo, MFR, alias Eda Onile – Ola and another Yoruba Actor, Mr Ariyo Adetola Mukhail, a.k.a Lanloyin, were warmly received by the gathering of notable leaders of Civil Societies on arrival, most of whom left for their individual ends shortly before the snapping of the Group picture, another Primaries figure, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, Kano State, founding father of Arewa Consultative Forum, and Prof (Mrs) Bolanle Awe were represented by Mallam Abraham Abubakar from Sokoto State and Madam Suebat Bakare respectively.

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“The powerful gathering threw its weight behind instant coronation of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, as Olubadan of Ibadanland and a powerful and strategic Committee was tasked to take up the assignment immediately with the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) and other Stakeholders in Nigeria”, Bamiji added.

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