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SPEECH DELIVERED BY OTUNBA (DR) GAIN ADAMS, AT THE 24TH COMMEMORATION OF JUNE 12, 1993 ELECTION

SPEECH DELIVERED BY OTUNBA (DR) GAIN ADAMS, AT THE 24TH COMMEMORATION OF THE EVERGREEN JUNE 12, 1993 ELECTION, HELD AT THE LAGOS EXCELLENCE HOTEL, OGBA, IKEJA ON JUNE 12, 2017

THEME: MKO: A symbol of Freedom in the History of Nigerian Democracy

I welcome U all to this historic gathering, ladies, gentlemen and fellow compatriots in the struggle to reshape, rework and restructure our beloved country in a manner that will galvanise us to an enviable height and a pride to all.

Precisely 24 years ago, on June 12, 1993, an election held that will always form the water shed that culminated to the present democracy. On that epochal day, Nigerians trooped out in number, to exercise their franchise, determined to put an end to the tyrannical military rule of that time as an endorsement to democratic leadership.
For this reason, June 12 will always be remembered by those who have defied the culture of silence and conspiracy against a significant moment in Nigerian history, to remind us of how today, 24 years ago, the battle against the exit of the military from power was fought at the ballot by a determined Nigerian people.
It is indeed sad that apart from the Southwest states of Oyo, Ogun, Lagos and Osun, which have doggedly continued to celebrate the hero, and later martyr of that battle, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, there has been studied indifference to the June 12 phenomenon by the Federal Government and remarkably, the rest of Nigeria.

This is sadder still because the leader of that battle, MKO Abiola was not an ethnic champion: he was a man of pan-Nigerian vision and ambition, who went into politics to give the people hope, to unite them and lead them out of poverty. His campaign manifesto was instructively titled “Hope 93 — Farewell to Poverty: How to make Nigeria a better place for all.” That June 12, 1993 election was adjudged to be free, fair and peaceful. But the military government of that time, led by Ibrahim Babangida, played games with the transition-to-civilian rule, and so it chose not to announce the final results of the election.

That singular act was seen by many as a coup against the Nigerian people, and an act of brazen


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