Sunday, 10 June 2018


Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam has lauded the courage of President Muhammadu Buhari on his proclamation of June 12 as Democracy Day together with recognition of the nation's past heroes of democracy, as he accords late Chief Moshood Olawale Abiola with the highest honour in the country, befitting of a President, Grand Commander of Federal Republic, (GCFR), while late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, was honoured with Grand Commander of Niger (GCON) posthumously.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Dr. Salaam who is vying for governorship seat in the state, said the President has shown courage and leadership in reversing the trend of injustice that has lingered for 25 years.

He reiterated that: "It takes courage and responsible leadership to reverse injustice, for those who directly benefitted from the struggle of June 12 which ultimately consumed lives of Chief MKO Abiola, his wife, Kudirat and tens of others, failed to redress the injustice represented by the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election acclaimed to be free, fair and credible".

Speaker Salaam also commended President Buhari for recognizing the sterling quality of late human rights defender, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, senior Advocate of Nigeria, as he was posthumously honoured with national medal of GCON, the second highest honour that could be bestowed on any individual in Nigeria; claiming that the honour was well deserved.

"Recognizing the duo of MKO Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi with highest honour is a good news coming from right quarters, it is marvelous, because the two heroes made democracy we are enjoying possible today; ignoring Abiola and Gani was an injustice to them and everyone who fought for civil rule, but these honours have come at the right time and justice is well served", Salaam asserted.


Goke Butika

CPS to the Speaker

Osun State House of Assembly