June 12: Sani, Others Warn Against Dangers Of Not Restructuring Nigeria
The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Tanko Yussuf on Monday backed the call for restructuring of Nigeria in order to ensure true federalism in the country.
The trio spoke at a public forum in Lagos to mark the 24rd anniversary of the June 12th, 1993 election widely acclaimed to have been won by late business mogul and politician, Moshood Abiola.
The event, which was organised by the June 12 Movement, the umbrella body for June 12 democracy activism in Nigeria was held at the residence of Abiola in Ikeja.
In a keynote address, Sani affirmed that the June 12th anniversary was a day the country must continue to remember because it was now enjoying democratic rule.
Sani said as a strong member of the forces that championed the campaign against military rule in Nigeria, he was confident that without June 12, 1993 presidential election, the present day democracy may not have come into being.
He said: “June 12, 1993 remains the seed of Nigeria’s struggle for democracy. It was the first time Nigerians united against their ethnic and religious differences and elected a leader they believed could delivered them from the agony of the military rule.
“We are here today to refresh the memory and see h0ow we can better on our past struggles to mae Nigeria better,” Sani said.
“What we owe Nigeria today is nothing but true Federalism and for us to be able to achieve true federalism, we have to work hard for it. We still have a long way to go. If you want to live by Abiola’s memory, if you want to honour him, we owe him a duty to ensure that we install a viable democracy and that viable democracy can only be installed if we have true federalism which we are presently not practicing, and that is very important.”
Tanko while speaking on the June 12th celebration said, “We are at this time struggling to build and we may still have the chance to build the country but it is a dwindling chance. Whatever is happening now in the country either militancy, Independent People Of Biafra and others will not stop until we go back to the Nigeria that we are expected to build; a federal Nigeria.”
He said the spirit of June 12 will continue to hunt Nigeria until the winner of the election is not duly recognized.
Also speaking at the occasion, Ikuforiji said that June 12 would continue to remain relevant in the nation’s democratic history.
Let me say here that Nigeria will never get out of the wood until we restructures this lopsided national structure. We will continue to grope in the dark. We will never find our bearing until we restructure the country,” he said
The event also attracted dignitaries like former Private Secretary to the late Obafemi Awolowo, Odia Ofeimun, former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof Bola Akintenwa, Prof Is-haq Akintola, President of the Ijaw Monitoring Council, Joseph Evah and several other notables including pro democracy groups and formations.