June 12, the Cornerstone of our Democracy-Tinubu
By Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
On this 23rd anniversary of June 12, we must not only cast our mindsÂ back to the events of that period, but we must never forget ourÂ patriots who lost lives and limbs in that epochal struggle. Beyond Â being a watershed, the June 12 election, the annulment and itsÂ aftermath remain the cornerstone of our democracy as a people today.
Because a few courageous ones across the broad spectrum of theÂ Nigerian society formed a coalition and lead from the front, theÂ military was unable to get away with its constitutional impunity.
Fired on by patriotism, resistant of years of oppressive militaryÂ dictatorship and willing to do something about the situation NigeriansÂ pushed the limits of civil disobedience against tyranny. By so doing,
Nigerians pushed the military out, demanding for democratic governanceÂ and since then, there has been no looking back.
The seed of democracy that was sown during the June 12 struggle ofÂ which Chief Kashimawo Abiola remains the spirit and the moving forceÂ is the fruit we now enjoin. Nigerians sustained the fervour and theÂ patriotic disposition necessary for a new political culture to take Â root. However, 16 years after that struggle ended and the militaryÂ departed, a new kind of struggle began. With a government of the
people, by the people and for the people, the desire for rapidÂ development and a disciplined and accountable leadership became anÂ agenda item. In the hands of the PDP led government, Nigerians got a Â raw deal.
But again desirous of a change, Nigerians were again galvanized intoÂ voting the PDP out and voting in the APC with its message andÂ philosophy of change.
But beyond the historic mandate given to the All Progressives
Congress, APC is the urgent need to have every citizen be part of the
change we want to see. From the streets and crannies, from the
classrooms and boardrooms, from the lecture halls and the corridor of
power, from the lawmakers, Ministers and leading politicians this is a
season that demands our contribution, requires we make sacrifice and
seeks that we work together towards building a critical mass that will
see to the processes of the change vision now unfolding.
Nigerians must exact from its leaders performance and accountability.
Just like in the moving spirit of June 12, Nigerians must speak up
against any form financial recklessness and corruption in high places,
in their States or local administration and wherever this is found.
Beyond speaking against and exposing corruption, Nigerians must speak
for and in support of the on-going concerted efforts being coordinated
by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The lessons of the June 12 struggle abides. To June 12 we must return
to rekindle our love and devotion for democracy and Nigeria.
We Know that no change comes easy and we must be mindful of the fact
that the success of the APC led government is the success of all of
On this occasion, I shout out to all my colleagues from the days of
the June 12 struggle encompassing the NADECO foot soldiers still alive
today, the pro-democracy activists, the civil society and the
professionals who stood up to be soldiers in defense of the democratic
rights of Nigerians. With the new converts and company that have
joined our rank and file, let us again stand guard and be vigilant to
ensure that disgruntled elements and the powers of yesterday who we
overthrew with our votes do not destroy our democracy.