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June 12, A Clarion Call For Sober Reflection – YCYW

FORMER MILITARY PRESIDENT, IBRAHIM BABANGIDA WHO ABORTED THE JUNE 12, 1993 ELECTION & CHIEF MKO ABIOLA WHO WON THE ELECTION 
The celebration of June 12 every year as democracy day in Nigeria should be a clarion call for sober reflection.

This declaration was made by the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide, YCYW, in a statement its issued on Wednesday (today).

The Council in a statement issued by its Founder and President, Aremo Oladotun Hassan, described President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration and celebration of June 12 as “Democracy Day” as a new dawn of hope.

But Hassan said that many of what late Chief MKO Abiola stood for as a distinct democrat had yet to be manifested in the polity.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had last Monday gave assent to the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill which now regards June 12 as the new Nigeria’s Democracy Day, replacing May 29.

Prior to this time, the president had on June 6, 2018, declared that June 12 would be the new Democracy Day.

The day, according to Buhari is in commemoration of the presidential election of June 12, 1993, presumed to have been won by the late Chief MKO Abiola.

However, the election which was regarded by Nigerians as the freest and fairest in Nigeria was annulled by the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida.

According to Hassan, “The celebration is a clarion call for sober reflection, that if we can jointly unite to achieve June 12 recognition as our National Democracy Day in Nigeria, then we can surmount all our ailing plights peacefully and unitedly.

“However, we must use this rear occasion of opportunity to examine how far we have progressed as a nation, for lots of what MKO Abiola stood for as a distinct democrat have yet to be manifested in the polity.

“He stood for social justice rights, democratic ethos, absolute welfare and rule of law, hence, the need for all our present and future politicians to learn from his fountain of deep-rooted knowledge and vision of administration intuitiveness and genuine heart of service.

“This we believe if half of his manifestoe and vision is rekindled and implemented by the Mohammadu Buhari-led government and all our new state governors, alongside the national and states legislative houses, then Nigerians will be better beneficiaries.

“Such implementation will go a long way to immortalise Abiola in the heart of many beyond being the conferred Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR.

“MKO Abiola is a lover of education.

“He gave the highest scholarship grants to the needy and best performing students in his life time.

“This precipitates our demand from President Buhari to prioritise the declaration of state of emergency on the passage of an Executive Order on the Educational Rights Law and onward implementation of the 30 per cent budgetary allocation to the education sector at all levels of governments.

“Abiola was a farmer, so we must emulate his Hope 93′ vision on Agriculture and abundant food for all, hence, our appeal on the Establishment of National/Zonal and State Agricultural Development Commissions.

“The fight for June 12 as Democracy Day would be meaningless without reform to Electoral Law.

“To immortalise MKO Abiola as African pillar of Sport, sporting activities must be reviewed and transformed through adequate funding for youths engagement

“But in the present situation, they don’t seem to care.”

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