The Ogun State Government on Tuesday did not formally celebrate Democracy Day, as students and police officers deployed to the Moshood Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, for the annual festivities returned to their homes after waiting endlessly.
The attendees after waiting for the governor and other government functionaries later got to know that the government had no plans to celebrate the day.
Some students were seen trekking back home in dejection.
Similarly, some residents and organisations who came in buses were sighted making a detour on realising there would be no celebrations.
Most state governments usually plan a series of activities to mark the annual event.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, expressed shock that students and residents still came out for the celebration despite the fact that the government, three days ago announced the cancellation of the event.
He said the government had earlier issued a statement to that effect, explaining that the event will not hold because of the Ramadan season.
In a statement issued later Tuesday, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, while felicitating with the residents, said Nigerians should hope for a new dawn, adding that democracy day will herald this new dawn in the state.
The governor, in a statement issued by Mr Adeneye, assured of the commitment of his government, towards ensuring that democratic dividends are felt in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
Mr Amosun expressed optimism that the ‘Mission to Rebuild the State’, embarked upon by his administration, which is marking the 3rd anniversary of its 2nd term, will be a success story, “by the time the tenure expires on May 29, next year”.
The Governor said his government would have commemorated this year’s anniversary, with the commissioning of some of the over 50 new projects, spread across the three geo-political zones, but “because of the month of Ramadan, the commissioning has been shifted till a later date that will be announced”.
“We have kept faith so far, and I hereby restate our commitment to hand over an Ogun State, which will be a pride of all of us. Our modest efforts are being felt by all and we have no doubt that by the time we handover, we will be celebrating a New Dawn in our dear Ogun State,” the governor said.