May 29 Presidential speech and the late Chief MKO Abiola’s honour
Today marks the one year anniversary of the election of Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonthan,Phd, GCFR President and Commander in Chief of the Armed forces of the Federal republic of Nigeria and as usual it came with a long speech of proposed and ‘purported’ achievements, i would leave the analysis to other concerned Nigerians.
I appreciate the effort of Mr president in recognising the sacrifices the Late Chief MKO Abiola made towards Nigeria’s democracy ,however I reject the attempt to label MKO as a sectionalist and placate the people of the southwest by renaming UNILAG after him. Abiola won the 1993 election across the country, if there is any honour befitting his status, it should be a monumental edifice or institution situated in Abuja the Federal Capital of Nigeria to give it a National look.
Another option would have been accepting June 12 as the real democracy day in Nigeria and declaring it as a National Public holiday in line with what some southwest states have been doing (remember Abiola was voted in wholeheartedly by Nigerians on June 12,1993 but the election was annulled by the ‘evil genius’ General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida rtd.).
My dear President, it is never too late to rescind your decision ,please consider these options and give MKO Abiola the true National honour he deserves despite the fact that Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo didn’t bother to do that despite being a yoruba son, this point i know your advisers would have archived for use in the forth coming 2015 elections when the battle for the soul of the southwest begins (oops that is politics).
Oladapo Kolawole is a concerned citizen of Nigeria.