It is another anniversary of June 12, 1993 elections. June 12 1993 marked the date Nigerians spoke with one voice through the ballot in what was widely acclaimed as a free and fair election by voting for late Chief MKO Abiola. Nigerians indicated their desire for unity, peace and progress in that election.
The events that followed the annulment of the election led to loss of lives and drove many of us into exile where we agitated for the return of peaceful democratic rule. Twenty two years on, the declaration of result and inauguration that was refused by the military has birthed yet another democracy while our nation has witnessed the wind of change in the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Those of us privileged to witness this period in history would forever remain grateful that the agitations of June 12 have not been in vain. We must however not forget the martyrs of the struggle, who lost their lives because they believed in a democratic Nigeria.
We honour our heroes when we remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us enjoy the present democratic dispensation. Nigeria’s democratic foundation continues its consolidation with the recent emergence of the new government. We can now look forward to a Nigeria where insecurity will be combated; electricity will be constant, where every institution works and where citizens understand their rights, responsibilities and obligations.
Doing this will unite our interests and beliefs for an undivided nation; as we are bound in freedom, peace and unity.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu, OON.