Thursday, June 12, 2014
IN MEMORIAM : JUNE 12 AND M.K.O ABIOLA
Politics is a subject I'm very reluctant to talk about; much less write about; it's honestly not my thing. But 21 years today was an important day in the history of Nigeria and to all Nigerians. On the 12th of June, 1993, I was too young to vote but I could sense the excitement in the air even then. It was the era called "Hope '93" and Alhaji M.K.O Abiola was running for President under the Social Democratic Party (S.D.P) against Alhaji Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (N.R.C). People singing the campaign slogans and lining up to vote- a lot of excitement and a time of hope as the election would give the country a new President and mark the end of military rule. And the candidate most rooted for was Alhaji M.K.O Abiola.
But what happened?
The news reports informing us all that the election was annulled and the country thrown into confusion. M.K.O Abiola was later imprisoned and died in 1998. By then I was a college student and vividly remember how everyone was thrown into confusion that day, wondering what was going to happen next.
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the election and the country remembers the S.D.P candidate and winner, M.K.O Abiola. He was the symbol of hope, a philanthropist and a man who promised so much and a lot expected from him. What I think most Nigerians most remember today is how our hopes were dashed by the annulment and HOPE '93 became a dream instead of a reality and more or less an unsettled ghost. But M.K.O Abiola will never be forgotten by us nor the day the first free and fair election since the 1983 coup.
May he continue to rest in peace.