- A human rights activist, Femi Falana, says in addition to recognising Chief MKO Abiola, other persons such as Gani Fawehinmi should be recognised for the part they played in the June 12 struggle
- The senior lawyer notes that the responsibility of those who are coming from the civil society who have found themselves either in government is to implement the the ideals of June 12
- Falana says after the June 12 election, Bashir Tofa who was the other candidate congratulated Chief MKO Abiola just as it is done in civilised societies
A human rights activist, Femi Falana, has asked the federal government to recognize other persons who were part of the June 12 struggle.
Speaking on Wednesday, June 12, the senior lawyer said in addition to recognising MKO Abiola, persons like Gani Fawehinmi, and other heroes of the struggle must also be recognized for the part they played in the struggle, Channels TV reports.
“The beauty of those who are coming from the civil society who have found themselves either in the executive or the legislature is to ensure that those ideals are actualised and implemented in Government, that is why June 12 is so significant," he said.
Falana noted that after the 1993 election, Bashir Tofa, the candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC), congratulated MKO Abila and refused to give in to the pressure of heading to the tribunal.
“The point has been made abundantly clear, after that election, Bashir Tofa, the other candidate congratulated his opponent and that is what is done in any civilised society; he was under pressure to go to the tribunal but he said no.
From that moment, the civil society came in, the progressive trade unions came in and made the country ungovernable for the dictator,” Falana stated.
Below are some photos from the 2019 Democracy Day celebrations
Meanwhile, some indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on addressing infrastructure, proper resettlement and ministerial position for the development of the territory.
The indigenes made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja to commemorate June 12 Democracy Day in the country
They said infrastructure development, relocation of some ministries to satelite towns and appointment of a FCT indigene as minister would rekindle the confidence of the people in government and deepen democracy.
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