- The move to influence the federal government to declare late Bashorun Moshood Abiola as former president has begun
- The bid was kick-started by a set of pro-democracy groups in Lagos on Wednesday, June 12, who celebrated the 26th anniversary of the historic date
- On his part, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gani Adams, said that the southwest region will not be fulfilled until the federal government declare Abiola president
A set of pro-democracy groups in Lagos on Wednesday, June 12, urged the federal government to declare late Bashorun Moshood Abiola winner of the June 12, 1993 election and as such proclaim him as a former president.
In an event that mark the 26th anniversary of June 12, the groups said that the celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day proved that Abiola won the poll, The Nation reports.
Moreover, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (retd), a chieftain of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) stated that Abiola was a people-oriented man who wanted to see to the needs of Nigerians.
Even more, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gani Adams, said that late Abiola deserved the honour the federal government bestowed on him.
Adams said: “Our demand now is the declaration of June 12 election result and immediate declaration of Abiola as a former president of Nigeria. What is happening across the country is against the spirit of June 12, whose mantra was ‘hope for all’.
“Today, hunger and killings are everywhere; only restructuring of the country can help us. It is a shame that in this age, states still go to Abuja to get federal allocation before they can survive.”
On her part, the head of Women Arise, Joe Okei-Odumakin, said officially recognising the late Abiola as a former president is the best way to immortalise him.
Okei-Odumakin said: “We appreciate what the government has done so far, but the befitting way to immortalise him is to declare that election result and declare him a former president of Nigeria.
“We demand the declaration of June 12 election result. Today, Nigeria is the capital of poverty, and hunger is everywhere. What is happening negates what June 12 stands for.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in his evaluation of Nigeria’s democratic history, had said that June 12, not May 29, captures the nation's evolution in the struggle for freedom.
This position by Tinubu was contained in a statement he signed to commemorate the June 12 celebration titled, June 12: The truth that sets democracy free in our land.
He maintained that May 29 only stands for Nigeria's transition from military to democratic rule in 1999, adding that the date does not reflect the woes the country suffered even before 1993 as a result of dictatorship.
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