JUNE 12:Immortalising Abiola not Enough,May 29 was set as Democracy Day out of Spite– Falana
…Urges patriots to intensify struggle for genuine democracy
Human right lawyer,Femi Falana,has said immortalizing the late business mogul , Chief Moshood Abiola, is not enough, saying the last 21 years in the nation’s return to democratic rule have been full of sorrow and tears.
Speaking in a live radio programme in Ibadan,Falana urged true patriots in the country to intensify the struggle for genuine democracy.
Falana said:”One of the policies carried out by the Buhari adminitration is the recognition of June as a public holiday and replacement of Democracy Day which was originally May 29. Those who set May 29 as a Democracy Day did so out of spite. I’m talking about Olusegun Obasanjo adminitration,that for eight years refused to recognize the supreme sacrifice paid by Bashorun MKO Abiola in the restoration of democracy in Nigeria. It was very good on the part of this administration to have recognized that day.
“But it is not enough to immortalize MKO. It is not enough to recognize June 12 as a democracy day. The last 21 years have been civil rule of disenchantment and frustration on the part of the majority of Nigerians.
“Only a few people, infinitesimal of politicians, can be said to have benefited from civil rule. Only a few politicians are smiling to the bank at the expense of our people. The point I’m making is that, the last 21 years have been years of sorrow and tears for our people. That is why the struggle to have genuine democracy must be intensified by genuine patriots in this country”.