Governor Ambode Unveils 42-Feet MKO Abiola Statue
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday unveiled a 46-feet statue as part of the commemoration of June 12, the anniversary of the 1993 Presidential Election of the adjudged winner Bashorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola popularly known as MKO Abiola.
Speaking at the unveiling of the statue at the MKO Abiola Garden in Alapere, Ketu Governor Ambode expressed optimism that the monument will forever crystallise what MKO Abiola stood for in his lifetime.
He said, “We are very happy to gather here today at the MKO Abiola garden to unveil this statue, a monument that will forever crystallize his legacy, serves as a reminder to the greatness that Chief Abiola represents in our socio-political landscape.
“Sadly, he lost his life trying to secure his mandate. Even though he was from another state, Lagos was his home. And we recognize his contribution to our state and our democracy.”
President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced his decision to confer the post-humous award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on the late Abiola, and formally did so during ceremony at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
He said it was in the tradition of the State Government to recognise and remember heroes and heroines who contributed to the greatness of the nation and the State in particular, adding that MKO Abiola deserves the best from the State as Lagos was his success story.