June 12: Why Military Coup Must Never Be Allowed – Tinubu
It is another June 12. The day that remains indelible in the minds of many Nigerians.
It is the day that, 24 years ago, Nigerians of all tribes came out in droves to elect the man they wanted to lead them as president, MKO Abiola.
His message was HOPE!
But the process was annulled by the then military head of state, Ibrahim Babangida.
That was how Abiola became the President that Nigeria never had.
Politicians and statesmen are remembering that day.
Jagaban, APC chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is reminiscing on the events of June 12 and talking about the lessons of that remarkable event.
Tinubu said without the uncompromising resistance to military rule engendered by the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election, there would probably not have been a 4th Republic today.
This was part of his message on Sunday night entitled ‘What June 12 Taught Us’, to mark the 24th anniversary of the annulled presidential election, widely believed to have been won by Chief Moshood Abiola.
“The annulment was a bitter pill to swallow, especially for the millions of people who expended so much time, energy and material resources to help ensure victory for Chief MKO Abiola,” Tinubu started.
He said: “The annulment was meant to halt the unstoppable and irresistible march to deeper democratic practice in Nigeria. That objective failed woefully.
“That annulled free and fair election taught us once again to organise. It tutored us new tactics and strategies of confronting and ultimately overcoming forces of dictatorship.
“It revealed to us the imperative of forging working relationships and diverse networks across ethnic, religious, regional and partisan divides if we were to move forward.
“It is this invaluable experience we gathered in the struggle to enthrone democracy and retrieve our country from the grip of dictatorship that emboldens us today to warn those directly or indirectly threatening our democracy through another military intervention to perish the idea’'.