June12: Activists call for sustainable development in Nigeria




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IBADAN – Activists marking the 21st anniversary the annulment the June 12 election in 1993 on Thursday called on to ensure sustainable development the country.

June 12 had been set aside by political associates late Chief Moshood  Abiola, acclaimed winner the election annulled by the then military regime.

One of them, Moshood Erubami, Human Right Activist and Convener of the 21st Anniversary Lecture organised by the Nigeria Assembly, said in Ibadan June 12 symbolised political emancipation of the electorate.

“Twenty one years after the annulment of June 12, Nigeria is yet to have democracy in the true sense of the word because true democracy is naturally productive and dividend yielding being an investment.

“With true democracy, the electorate subscribe into this through their votes and acquire genuine dividend like , security, employment, human dignity, decentralised and participatory governance, value- based and fair share of social wealth,” he said.

Erubami urged President Goodluck Jonathan to honour Abiola with a posthumous award.

He said with Social Democratic Party, which presented a muslim-muslim ticket to win the June 12   was the day Nigeria found solution to ethnicity, thuggery  and religious chauvinism.

The activist, therefore, called on the government to honour other like late Chief Michael Ajasin, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Alfred Rewane, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Beko Kuti and Chima Ubani for their contributions to the country’s democratic development.

Prof. Ariyo Olagoke, the Dean of of Engineering, Federal Polythecnic, Abeokuta, tasked to emulate the spirit of sacrifice, which was the hallmark of the winner of June 12 mandate.

“Abiola remains a politician, who had the spirit of sacrifice, to the extent he even laid down his life for democracy,” he said.

Olagoke described June 12 election as a watershed in Nigerian history, saying that a lot of people parading themselves as associates of Abiola were mere pretenders who could not make sacrifice like deceased.

He called on administrators to deliver the dividend of democracy to the people, especially the youths, adding that it was the only way to find answers to , kidnapping, armed robbery, corruption and other social vices in the country. (NAN)