DEMOCRACY DAY: 1993 PROBLEMS STILL PREVALENT TODAY – ABIOLA’S SON
As Nigerians mark Democracy Day nationwide today for the first time, son of late MKO Abiola, presumed winner of the June 12 1993 election, Abdulmumini Abiola has some harsh words for those who truncated the mandate of his late father.
On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law a bill declaring June 12th every year as the new day to celebrate Democracy Day as against May 29th which used to be the norm.
Speaking on Nigeria Info programme, Hard Facts, Abiola said: “Those who truncated the 1993 elections never thought that a day will come when June 12 will be honoured as Democracy Day.”
While the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 election, MKO Abiola died in prison in 1998, his wife and mother of Abdulmunini, was shot dead on June 4th 1996. The loss of his parents however has not stopped the son from continuing with the ideals of his parents.
According to him, “what I will do and the way I will spend my energy and move forward will be to continue to fight for what my father and mother wanted which is the unity of the country (and) address some of the issues we are facing.”
Abiola has also called on Nigerians to join hands in looking for “sustainable solutions” to the nation’s problems insisting that “the issues that were highlighted in 1993 are still prevalent now.”
“I think that we have a lot of work to do and I will encourage my brothers and sisters, the Nigerian people to join hands in looking for sustainable solutions.”