- Tackles Obasanjo for failing to acknowledge Abiola as winner of June 12
The senator representing Kaduna-critical senatorial district, Shehu Sani, says the refusal of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to know and honour the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late MKO Abiola, is a reflection of Nigeria’s institutional failure.
Sani cited that when Nigeria finally attained democratic rule in 1999, none of individuals who suffered within the hands of the defense force whereas struggling to entrench democracy within the united states received any political place.
He stated it was, subsequently, not shocking that the current crop of democrats within the us of a, who did not sacrifice anything for the nation’s democracy, were most effective enthusiastic about collecting wealth for themselves at the cost of the plenty.
Sani delivered a keynote address on Monday on the 2017 nationwide Breakfast Prayers and Tribute Session in honour of Abiola.
The experience with the theme, “June 12 movement and the hope of equitable restructuring for Nigeria,” was additionally to commemorate the 24th anniversary of June 12, 1993 and it held at the late Abiola’s house in Ikeja, Lagos.
Sani argued that despite the Federal government’s failure to honour the late Abiola, the June 12, 1993 presidential election that the late businessman gained, but which the defense force junta of normal Ibrahim Babangida annulled, laid the inspiration for the present democratic rule within the usa.
He stated, “with out the battle of June 12, there may no longer have been democracy in Nigeria these days. The alternate and the expertise in the 2015 election used to be a part of the seed of June 12, it was once the same forces that pressured the defense force out energy that rallied Nigerians to eject the PDP out of power.”
He said Obansanjo’s failure to honour the late Abiola mirrored the hassle of the political type to suppress the sacrifice of those who went to reformatory and those who paid the supreme worth for the democracy that Nigeria has lately.
Sani mentioned, “it’s not simply about Chief MKO Abiola no longer being recongnised via Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, it’s about an institutional choice of the political category, who continues to suppress the position performed by way of the free press bringing about democracy…17 years down democratic lane, hardly will you see any of those that had been on the streets of Lagos protesting for democracy ever being acknowledged with even an award of OON, which is the lowest. As they share oil blocks to themselves, share positions to themselves, so that they share national honour to themselves.”
additionally conversing, a former Speaker of the Lagos State home of assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said had the late Abiola been allowed to benefit from the mandate given to him by way of Nigerians, there might no longer were the completely different sectional agitations in the u . s . a ..
Ikuforiji stated, “the man who paid the supreme sacrifice, he had nothing to do with poverty as of the time he put down his lifestyles for Nigeria; our then President-opt for had made many Nigerians from all walks of life millionaires on his personal. He had contributed to the expansion of many communities throughout Nigeria and it had nothing to do with tribe or faith.
“possibly, if our President-pick had been given the opportunity to run his time period of place of job, there would were no Niger Delta militants; possibly if MKO had been given the chance to run the mandate that used to be given to him with the aid of Nigerians, today, there wouldn’t had been any motion by Nnamdi Kanu; most likely, if he had been given the opportunity to serve in the leadership role that Nigerians gave to him on June 12, 1993, as of late there wouldn’t have been any statement from the Arewa youths asking the Igbo to vacate.”
speaking on the late Abiola’s graveside, well-liked poet, Odia Ofeimum, mentioned ‘all of the problems that made the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election possible are nonetheless with us’.
additionally speaking at a June 12 anniversary adventure organised by using the Oodua people Congress and chaired by using a former Governor of Abia State, Chief Uzor Kalu, OPC leader, Gani Adams, lamented that people who benefitted most from Abiola’s martyrdom, didn’t want to take into account that his memories as of late.
Adams mentioned, “and those that used to talk about injustice have considering that, given the chance, inflicted their own injustice on the people. folks that used to swear by using Abiola’s identify have since discovered new political customers. folks who proclaimed Abiola as the logo of democracy and the rallying level for the individuals’s hopes have considering that been dancing on his grave.”
The OPC chief regretted the protest that greeted the renaming of the university of Lagos after Abiola by using ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
additionally speaking, Kalu mentioned the united states of america’s Democracy Day should be June 12 and not could 29, adding that may 29 was once wrongly chosen because those who did not participate in the battle for democracy chose it.
The visitor speaker on the OPC experience and a lecturer within the department of Philosophy, university of Lagos, Dr. Chiedozie Okoro, who spoke on the subject, ‘MKO: a symbol of freedom in the historical past of Nigerian democracy’, said the annulment of the June 12 election brutally raped the downtrodden of the hope for a brand new first light of freedom.
“but freedom denied is freedom delayed. genuine, when a messiah or hero is cut down, the flock (the people) are in disarray, only for some period. Time heals all wounds. It does not take lengthy for the folks to regroup,’’ the lecturer said.
He additional referred to as for the restructuring of the usa alongside political and economic strains, taking into cognisance the u . s .’s ethnic and religious differences.
Okoro said, “The restructuring of Nigeria will have to be vehemently and consistently pursued. This, indirectly, might be excellent for Nigeria. The restructuring of Nigeria should not be delayed. extend is unhealthy as a result of ethnic attention is rife and it’s not about to subside.
“ultimately, in the pursuit of the restructuring of Nigeria, violence of any form should be refrained from.’’