Speeches May 29, 1999 – 1999 Inaugural Speech of Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Today is a special day. We are not only celebrating democracy, but we are also celebrating a watershed in our nation’s history. All of us here and the multitude of our people at home must thank God this day.
A little while ago, I took a solemn oath before you and the Almighty God to abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to discharge my duties faithfully to all our people without fear or favour. Like the electoral mandate the people of Lagos gave me on January 9 1999, I regard the oath as a sacred covenant. I swear before you and God once again that I shall respect the sanctity of this mandate. I swear and affirm that I shall live and abide by it during my term in office.
As we celebrate, we need to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of some Nigerians whose. Contributions made today possible. Young men and women of the press must come for special mention. They suffered arbitrary detention and harassments. They sacrificed a lot so that we can have today. Many of our other heroes are not here today. They died in the course of our democratic struggle. I am sure in their heavenly home; they also will be celebrating with us.
Today, I say today, we must remember Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola, the large-hearted titan and elected president our country never had. We must remember Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, a true heroin of our democratic struggle and wife of Chief Moshood Kasimawo Abiola. We must remember Pa Alfred Relwane, a patriot and a democrat with a social and political conscience, who was killed by soldiers while they were protesting the annulment of the June 12, I 1993 election. We need to remember them and the families they left behind.