By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said Nigeria can hardly achieve anything positive without the unity of purpose of its citizens.
The Speaker said Nigerians needed a united front more than ever before at this crucial period of Nigeria’s evolution as a nation.
Obasa, who is also the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, said this in commemoration of this year’s celebration of the June 12, 1993 election, popularly acclaimed to have been won by the late Bashorun Moshood Abiola GCFR.
The Speaker noted that June 12, 1993 would remain in the hearts of Nigerians as the day the country’s citizens took their destinies in their hands with hope of a better future even though their collective decision was truncated by the draconian authority of that time.
“There is no arguing the fact that the collective hope we all have today has its foundation on the June 12, 1993 election and the struggles that followed its annulment.
“As we commemorate that day again, we must remember Nigerians who became victims just for democracy to be born in 1999. Many students lost their lives, senior Nigerians and leaders died. Many were maimed. Others have continued to bear the heartbreaks that came with the debacle . They remain our heroes.
“For the sake of these many, including Late MKO Abiola, the winner of the presidential election, his wife, Late Kudirat Olayinka Abiola, and several human rights activists, who went just to see us survive till this time, we all need to constantly remain conscious of our actions, love ourselves and our country and do only those things that would sustain our historical and democratic existence,” the Speaker said.
“June 12 was a manifestation of unity. An election when Nigerians jettisoned the primordial sentiments of ethnocentrism and religious bigotry; where Abiola and Kingibe both moslems were overwhelming voted by southern Christians, where Abiola , a Yoruba man won by a landslide in Kano against Tofa ; a Kano aristocrat.” the Speaker added.
Obasa also commended notable leaders in the country including the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for their sacrifices of the past , steadfastness and passion for the sustained growth and development of the country as well as for jealously protecting the democracy being enjoyed in the country today.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for finally recognising June 12 as the real democracy day as a reminder that Abiola sacrificed his life for the country.