Yesterday, Saturday, June 12, was Democracy Day. June 12, 1993, was the Day that Nigeria witnessed its freest and most democratic elections. It was the day that Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola [August 24, 1937 – July 7, 1998] led Nigeria to a victorious democratic outing. It was a glorious day for Nigeria indeed.
Yes, MKO Abiola won the election, opened the door of democratic victory for Nigerians but he was denied ascending the throne of democratic pinnacle by an animalistic military regime, under the manipulation of two most wicked Army Generals that Nigeria ever produced – Ibrahim Babaginda and Sani Abacha.
MKO Abiola was later to be killed under the coordination of another nefarious Nigerian Army General; Abdulsalami Abubakar, in a contiguous conspiracy with the American Government, through a specially brewed cup of tea, on July 7, 1998. That was after different Nigerian Governments – all deadly Military Predators, had kept him in prison for more than 4 years.
Olusegun Obasanjo; a onetime Nigerian Military Head of State from 1976 – 1979, was brought straight from prison to win a democratic election, in 1999 – courtesy of Military manipulations. His manipulation into winning the general election of that year  by the Military, was said to compensate for the Yoruba people for the injustice done on to the person of MKO Abiola, as he was not allowed to take the presidency of the elections he won, dumped in prison by the Nigerian kangarooed State, and later killed by the same.
Olusegun Obasanjo, all through his 8 years two-term tenure, refused to acknowledge MKO Abiola; whose death brought him to power. Nor did he care to recognize the date [June 12] which remains monumental in the annals of Nigerian political development. This was in spite of clamours by Nigerians for Obasanjo to recognize June 12, as a Democracy Day. It is just the way the Nigerian politician’s cookie crumbles
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua succeeded Olusegun Obasanjo, with a very short tenure as his life was cut short due to ill-health. He probably might not have thought of honouring both MKO Abiola and June 12, or thinking of it, but death put an end to whatever he intended doing or not doing. June 12 remained in limbo ipso facto.
And Goodluck Jonathan took over mantle of Nigerian leadership; a process fast-forwarded by Olusegun Obasanjo himself. Of all Goodluck Jonathan’s achievements, recognition of June 12 was not listed. And so, both MKO Abiola and the memory of June 12 remained comatose till when the electoral table turned against Jonathan in favour of the former ruthless Military Dictator; Major General Muhammadu Buhari, during the General Election of 2015.
President Muhammadu Buhari was to announce on June 6, 2018, that June 12 has been accepted and recognized as Democracy Day,by the Nigerian Government. Thus, what all others failed or refused to do, Muhammadu Buhari did with a political fiat. And it was a political master stroke!
So, yesterday, Saturday, June 12, 2021, was respected as a Democracy Day, and as usual the President had some “beautiful” Speech read to Nigerians. Reproduced below is part of President Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech for June 12, 2021. A “beautiful” Speech indeed it was. But how factual are the contents of this Speech?
The Guru has taken time out to read and analyze the whole Speech, and has sadly come to the conclusion that it is not all glittering stones are Gold. As from tomorrow, Monday, June14, 2021, at the studio of Lagos Talks 91.3, The Guru shall be doing justice to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Democracy Day Speech.
The good thing is that the Speech was in paragraph 1 to 59, of the 7 page write-up, and what I have chosen to do is to deal with only one paragraph tomorrow, and coming days; both while l shall be on air and my columns/write-ups. This adaptation is to save time and space for the conveniences of readers and the author. I shall be picking other paragraphs with time.
Why would l want to start with Paragraph 33 tomorrow? It is for the only reason, that Paragraph 33, presented below, is not a living fact of some of those things that President Buhari did for Nigerians.
It was a fallacy of presentation. It was a misdemeanour that emanated from the Federal Ministry of Transport under the supervision of Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi; who is the Minister of Transport. These fallacies of presentation were part of the “Roforofo fight” – courtesy of the late musical Icon; Fele Anikulapo Kuti, going on between the Minister and Hadiza Bala Usman; the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
FOR THE RECORD: BUHARI’S DEMOCRACY DAY SPEECH
- My approval for 4 new seaports using a Public-Private-Partnership approach is hinged on growing the Nigerian economy. These four sea ports; Lekki Deep Sea Port, Bonny Deep Sea Port, Ibom Deep Sea Port and Warri Deep Sea port will create massive job opportunities and foreign investment inflows.
We shall be talking about the Warri Deep Sea Port, which the President claimed to have approved for construction, but which we shall prove to all; that it is not in existence, tomorrow. Of course, we are not saying that money has not been sourced from China for the project but we have not been able to convince the Minister to tell us where he is keeping the money, which remains the naughty issue till date.
Join us as from 0930 hours, tomorrow when Adu and The Guru shall take over command of the Nigerian Airwaves for review of topical issues. And this is one of those most contending topical issues.
There are more issues coming under topical review tomorrow. And in addition to these topical issues are your favoured Historical Perspective, Periscope and Knowledge Dropbox.
Godwin Etakibuebu [The Guru].