21 years after: Presidency, others mark June 12 in style

I read this article about June 12 on Vanguard Newspaper and I think you’ll enjoy it too.

SINCE 1994, pro-democracy activists and state governments in the country, especially in the South-West geo-political zone, have always mapped out events to commemorate the June 12, 1993 presidential polls adjudged the freest and fairest election ever held in Nigeria.

Considered a watershed in the annals of electioneering in the country, the annulled election was presumably won by late business tycoon, Chief M.K.O Abiola, who died in the battle to reclaim his mandate. His beautiful wife, Kudirat, was also assassinated by gunmen said to be government agents.

Military government’s clampdown
A host of politicians, activists and many innocent Nigerians, old and young, died in the protests that followed the annulment amid the then military government’s clampdown.

The unbending resolve of most Nigerians through pro-democracy activism paved the way for the return of civil rule on May 29, 1999 with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a kinsman of Abiola as president.

However, since the return to civil rule, the presidency has never celebrated June 12. While South-West governors, who then were of the opposition Alliance for Democracy (AD) chose June 12 as Democracy Day, the presidency under Obasanjo declared May 29 as Democracy Day.

All through his eight year reign, Obasanjo did not acknowledge ‘June 12’ and Abiola’s supreme price in his second coming as head of state. There was also no attempt to immortalise Abiola in spite of unceasing calls for such honour even when the National Assembly suggested that the National Stadium, Abuja be named after him.

Light at the end of the tunnel
However, things are totally different this year, 21 years after. Even, Obasanjo, on June 1, 2014 said that Abiola sacrificed a lot for Nigeria and should be immortalised.

Read the full article here http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/06/21-years-presidency-others-mark-june-12-style/