Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state has called on Nigerians to use the celebration of June 12 as a democracy day to promote unity and peaceful coexistence.

Oyetola made the call during a programme organised to celebrate the Democracy Day in Osogbo the Osun state capital.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Gboyega Alabi said the June 12 celebration should be regarded as a period of sober reflection on the selfless service and sacrifice made by past heroes to ensure that the country remained united and indivisible.

Meanwhile, human right activists in the state under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Groups thronged the streets of Osogbo, the state capital, to mark the June 12 celebration.

The State Coordinator of Justice Now Foundation, Waheed Lawal while addressing the crowd, applauded President Buhari for declaring June 12 a national holiday. He urged the President to declare MKO Abiola and Kingibe as former-president and former vice-president.