Defense, in democracy, means more than merely repelling an enemy attack. It means more than preserving the security of the country. It means winning a war and at the same time preserving the fabric of democratic government set up by the Constitution. If in the process of defeating an enemy, our country losses its democratic liberties, the Country will have lost the war.
Nigeria democracy was truncated on the 12 June, 1993 during the Presidential election victory of Moshood Kashimawo Abiola victory but was annulled by the military juntas.
Twenty-four years after the truncated June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was widely presumed to have been won by the presidential candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief MKO Abiola, regrets still rent the air, as prominent Nigerians insist the country’s fortunes still plummet.
June 12, 1993 Presidential election represented, being a day that the country experienced an election that was adjudged as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.
We do not formally celebrate the day but it was an event of tremendous significant because it meant that the Constitution of the country was supreme.
24 years after, the ideals of June 12 are still worth celebrating, describing the day as one of the most defining moments of the country’s political history which had positively shaped its democracy.
Nigerians to go beyond the commemoration and strive to entrench a viable democracy, June 12 1993 struggle it eventually led to the exit of the military from government in Nigeria
He said that this was a way to immortalise the late winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief M.K.O Abiola through the practice of true federalism and conduct of credible and fair elections.
“June 12, 1993 is a day we must not forget in the annals of our democratic history. Our present democratic experience may still be far from the ideal, but we must all make concerted efforts to entrench fiscal federalism which is the only way to achieve true nationhood.”
the enduring lessons of June 12 election was that it imbued the patriotic and nationalistic zeal in all Nigerians, to speak with one voice to make a political choice, devoid of ethnic, racial or social sentiments.
“On June 12, 1993, majority of Nigerians across all divides demonstrated through the ballot box that irrespective of class or ethnic sympathies, the Nigerian people are united and would always join hands to promote our unifying values.”
Though the peoples’ hope was dashed with the annulment of the elections by the military junta, the lessons of the elections cannot be wished away despite subterranean efforts by many to do
June 12 as the real Democracy Day in Nigeria.
“We owe it a duty to genuinely immortalise the fallen heroes of the June 12 struggle nationally and deepen our democratic values to ensure that never again will such anti-people action be allowed to take place,” he said
The ideals of June 12 by carrying out people-oriented programmes across the State and making life more comfortable for the people.