Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has encouraged Nigerians to take the government’s announcement of June 12 as Democracy Day and the after death honor to the late Moshood Abiola, with a squeeze of salt.
The group said in spite of the fact that it acknowledged the acknowledgment of Mr Abiola and June 12 by the All Progressives Congress government, there is a need to test the thought processes and genuine aims of the administration with the coming decisions in Ekiti, Osun and one year from now’s presidential races.
Mr Abiola was the assumed victor of the June 12, 1993 presidential races, which was revoked by the military administration of Ibrahim Babangida.
He was later captured by the military tyrant, Sani Abacha, and imprisoned while battling to recover his command, until his demise in detainment in 1998.
The representative for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, disclosed to PREMIUM TIMES in a phone talk on Wednesday that Afenifere had been on the battle to get the legislature perceive the memorable snapshot of June 12 and the forfeit of Mr Abiola for two decades.
He expected that the administration may attempt to charm voters in front of the coming 2019 general decisions, despite the fact that the signal was an appreciated improvement.
“We are not unconscious that we are currently in the race season and each endeavor will be made to charm voters with issues that are mainstream,” Mr Odumakin said.
“Yet, in any case, we have peddled for the respect of Chief Moshood Abiola since the dissolution of June 12 and for June 12 to be proclaimed majority rule government day for more than two decades now. In this manner we acknowledge the statements and praise them.
“On the off chance that we can hold free and reasonable decisions, in the event that we enable Nigerians to choose their pioneers without deterrent, if the will of voters is recognized, if the poll is permitted to rule in the following Nigerian races, at that point this would have commended our actual faith in the soul of June 12 and the correct respect of Abiola, who passed on guideline, demanding that the privileges of Nigerians and their votes must be regarded.”
He said if the coming decisions neglected to meet these tests, at that point it would demonstrate that the statements were as a negligible political trick to dupe the electorate.
“They say decency comprise in giving even the demon his due. Like I said the genuine trial of the rationale and aim will turn out in January, in reality appropriate from Ekiti on July 14, we will know whether this is only a simple trick or a genuine soul of majority rules system in the land. So it isn’t far for us to know the rationale behind this,” said Mr Odumakin.
He, be that as it may, cautioned Nigerians ought to be careful and look out in the races that are coming whether the soul of June 12 had been guzzled or whether the legislature was paying lip administration to the memorable minute.