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Friday, 12 June 2015

22 Years After - Remembering MKO Abiola And June 12th, 1993

22 Years ago today, we remember June 12th, 1993, the day Nigeria's freest and fairest election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida. That day remains synonymous with the presumed winner of the annulled presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, who I believe paid the ultimate sacrifice for the democracy we now enjoy as a nation today.

Chief MKO Abiola’s memory is celebrated in Nigeria and internationally and June 12, declared a public holiday in some states across the country every year. In 1994, Abiola declared himself President of Nigeria in the Epetedo area of Lagos island, after which he was declared wanted, accused of treason and arrested on the orders of military President General Sani Abacha.

Abiola died on July 7, 1998 on the day he was due to be released from prison under questionable circumstances. Many still believe June 12th, every year ought to be declared a national holiday and something deserving be done to honour the memory of a man, who believed so much in Nigeria, had a vision and plan to transform his nation, but ended up paying with his own life. His memory lives on..............

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