20 Years of Democracy in Nigeria: A Look At June 12
On 99.3 Nigeria Info, the voice of MKO Abiola was heard and many Nigerians reacted to it with nostalgia. Some of the radio jingles designed for the Presidential campaign of Abiola more than 20 years ago were also showcased on the show.
Some of the issues still discussed today are why June 12 1993 still matters, what it means to Nigerians and what should be done to restore the honor we all should bestow upon the very day that many say the people's mandate was stolen.
Knowing full well the expectations of the people of Nigeria, I made the widest consultations and such assurances that I will not be chasing shadows were given in some cases from the highest level governance. I consulted with the President (Babangida) himself and he gave the assurance that this time around he was serious. I was therefore convinced that the commitment to civilian rule come August 27 1993 was firm, settled and irrevocable. I could not imagine the purported transgression... Results were ready and I know - I WON.
-- Recorded voice of MKO Abiola.
There were escalated rioting and fighting after the annulment of the election. This prompted the then President Babangida to form an interim admisitration which had Shonekan as the interim President of the nation.
Rotimi Sankore, guest and commentator on the Morning Crossfire made further comment regarding the events of June 12 1993.
"Babangida knew that he didn't have a plan to hand over. Honestly, only heaven knows where he thought the thing was going to end up. Babangida set up a process to establish which ideology Nigerians wanted and to be fair to hime, the body that guarded that was favorable to him. It was his first pretence at being a dictator in Nigeria.
"People wanted free education, affordable electricity...in fact, that debate led to the clarification on a type of socialism that could be democratic. People said it was democracy but in fact, it was not. Nigerians said they wanted socialism but Babangida dribbled them, and put it in the corner with a transition program, setting the parameters."
REVIEWING THE EVENTS OF JUNE 12, 1993
Morning Crossfire with Wemimo(@wemimospot) & Sheriff (@SheriffQuadry) alongside Rotimi (@RotimiSankore)
DEMOCRACY DAY LIVE
... on Morning Crossfire with Wemimo(@wemimospot) & Sheriff (@SheriffQuadry) alongside Rotimi (@RotimiSankore)