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Fashola Commissions Ndubuisi Kanu Garden Park, Says The People Will Stand Up To Defend Democracy

Jun 12, 2014 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday handed over the Ndubuisi Kanu Garden Park named in honour of one of the heroes of the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election struggle, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, stating that the occasion was melt to send a signal that people will stand up to defend democracy not just as some did 21 years ago.

The Governor who spoke at the Garden Park located in Alausa, noted that there could be no better day to celebrate the men and women who stood to be counted up at that dark moment in the history of their country while some sold the common collective decision of the people to the agents of darkness.

He added as Nigerians remember the 21st anniversary of that dark moment when her collective will was murdered, the people must realize and be vigilant due to the fact that agents and friends of the enemies of democracy are still around as can be seen in their unholy and unwelcome efforts that is beginning to rear its face as elections approach in Ekiti State.

"It is significant that on a day when the heavens have opened up, nature has taken control that we chose to dedicate a park on a day that has also become symbolic to our government and to our people".

"This is the 21st anniversary of the freest and fairest election that our country has recorded, sadly some Nigerians again went to sabotage that collective undertaking by the majority of people and democracy was frustrated".

"Some men and women stood by what was right. One of those men is with us today. He is Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu. Year on year as far as I can remember, I cannot recollect one anniversary of June 12 that he has not participated. He has been a long distance runner in a commitment and a choice that he made 21 years ago. Choices have consequences. Some people made a choice to sabotage that initiative and benefit from the despair of Nigerians, by not standing to restore our democracy", he noted.

The Governor reminded all office holders to continue to remember that if those who stood up for democracy did not do so perhaps many of them would not have become political office bearers today.

He commended the drive and initiative of the officers and men of the Ministry of Environment and the Parks and Gardens Agency for creating new opportunities from the challenges of the environment.

Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello said the commissioning of the Park underscores the commitment of the present administration to the task of initiating policies and engaging programme that would be enduring and unifying in nature.

He added that the uniqueness of the Park is to further enhance the greening culture for which the area had been known in the last 25 years.

He added that the new Park occupies approximately a total land area of 17,195 square metres and has the following facilities: Ornamental plants, palms, garden seats, trees of various types including fruits producing tree, rotunda, garden lights, gazebo with seats, multipurpose court, children playing ground, irrigation facilities, toilet facilities, walkways and parking area that can accommodate a minimum of 40 cars.

In his response, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (Rtd) expressed his appreciation to the Lagos State Government for the honour done to him, saying it was least expected as he had no prior knowledge of the event before the State Governor called him up to inform him.

He noted that that he once had cause to pass through the road and actually parked his vehicle to admire what was indeed a beautiful piece, adding that little did he know that it would later be renamed in his honour.

Rear Admiral Kanu affirmed that the problems besetting the country today in terms of insecurity and other challenges generally could be traced to the annulment of the June 12 1993 elections because if the elections had stayed and Chief Abiola had been allowed to exercise his mandate, Nigeria would have been a better place for all.

The event was attended by important dignitaries and members of the State Executive Council including the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire including the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba and Special Adviser on Environment, Dr Taofik Folami as well as several other guests who defied the heavy downpour to attend the function.


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