Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi and the Director-General of his Presidential Campaign Organisation, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, on Saturday led various groups of Nigerian women to commemorate the June 12 Democracy Day in Abuja.
Bello said that he was excited that almost 30 years after the demise of Abiola, his vision continued to be relevant, adding that this was one of the reasons he was determined to contest the position of president.
“Today, we are commemorating and remembering June 12, championed by our father, our hero, our legend, our icon, Chief MKO Abiola and Hajiya Kudirat Abiola.
“I appreciate our President, Muhammadu Buhari, and his team who deemed it necessary that after 29 years, our father, Chief MKO Abiola, deserved to be well honoured and decorated posthumously with the highest honour of the land, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
“I was in the secondary school in 1993 when the struggle began and almost 30 years after, we are here to bear the torchlight of that struggle and hence my decision to contest the presidency so that this hope can be rekindled,” Bello said.
“He (Tinubu) was right behind Chief MKO Abiola in that struggle and so you can see that our hope is still alive.
Abiola-Costello assured Nigerians and women in particular that with Tinubu, the dreams of MKO Abiola would be actualised.
“Twenty-nine years after June 12, 1993, it is still a message of hope. Yesterday, we had the pleasure of being in the important meeting where Gov. Bello received Asiwaju Tinubu at our campaign secretariat.
Based on the conversation, there is hope for Nigerian women, there is hope for Nigerian young people, Nigerians with special needs,” Abiola-Costello said.
She commended Bello for his policies and style of governance, especially the inclusion of women in his administration.