By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Afenifere Renewal Group has called on the Federal Government ofÂ Nigeria to release the official result of the June 12 1993Â Presidential Election, which is believed to have been won by lateÂ businessman and politician, Chief M.K.O Abiola.
Chairman of ARG, Hon. Olawale Oshun made the demand to commemorate theÂ 23rd anniversary of June 12, 1993.
In a statement issued by ARG on Saturday, the group said PresidentÂ Buhari, as the beneficiary of a ballot revolution that mostly mirroredÂ that of 1993, owes Nigerians the duty of declassifying the results.
Oshun added that 23 years have elapsed and the Official Secret Act canÂ no longer be binding on the document.
According to Oshun, when carried out, it will reverse the stigmaÂ occasioned by the foolish act of canceling that election, adjudged toÂ be the most peaceful in the history of Nigeria.â€
It will also open up the hypocrisy of military rule and help projectÂ democracy as a better form of governance, â€œJune 12 is no longer aÂ struggle but now an obligation. The people have played their own part.
It is now the obligation of the beneficiaries of that struggle to setÂ the country on a truly democratic path by deliberately replacing everyÂ stamp of military rule on Nigeriaâ€™s nationhood, including the imposed
governance structure and constitution, through democratic rights andÂ tenets. There is no alternative way to deepen democracy in Nigeria.
â€œLet nobody be deceived. Until the federal government takes consciousÂ steps to restructure Nigeria, the country will continue to wobble fromÂ one crisis of nationhood to another. To continue to ignore this
necessity is a tacit support by elected officials for everything that Â transpired during the military era and this is why military rule hasÂ transited to â€˜do or dieâ€™ politics and citizens now believed they have
a right to take up arms against their country.â€
â€œARG therefore called on President Buhari, as a former military rulerÂ and now a self-confessed democrat, to see himself as best poised toÂ help Nigeria make this transition. This can be his best legacy and theÂ starting point, we dare say, is to release the June 12 presidentialÂ election result and its winner appropriately recognised and honoured.â€