The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has affirmed that supreme sacrifices of past patriotic Nigerians, particularly that of presumed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, late MKO Abiola, and lives laid down by other democratic heroes, which liberated the nation from decades of military ruling, have not gone in vain, with historic June 12, been adopted as Nigerian democracy day.
Atiku stated that he had never seized hoping for a day when prices, paid by those who put their lives on line to achieve democracy, which entire citizen were presently enjoying, would be glorified and be paid deserving dues.
Speaking at June 12 Movement of Nigeria event organized in commemoration of Abiola and 25th announced anniversary on Tuesday in Lagos, the former VP, who was represented by Chairman, All Atiku Support Groups, Oladimeji Fabiyi, indicated that blood of democratic heroes were sacrificed for foundation of a democratic society that would guarantee fundamental human rights, secured citizenry freedom of speech, movement and ability of the people to belong to any lawful association that they deem inclined.
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“The blood of these democratic heroes will never be in vain, I have never lost hope that this day will come”.
Atiku, at the event which was attended by numerous presidential aspirants and member of civil society groups including Dr. Olisa Agbakiba, SAN, and Mike Iginni, having commended the event organizers for been consistent in celebration of historic 1993 election presumed winner, said that Abiola was the foremost heroes of democracy in Nigeria, having paid supreme price for the nation, and that his struggle and that of other compatriots would continuously be given due honors.
According to him, the late heroic man was, both in politics and business, viewed as anti establishment, that has given a different trajectory for Western region as propounded by late Obafemi Awolowo.
He noted the late democratic man started his activities across Niger both in his business and politics, with believe that Yoruba as a race, must reach out to others. His efforts and supreme price he paid for that is not in vain.
“Today, we have Yoruba as a race shifted from regional politics to National politics that has made Yoruba race a spinal cord of Nigeria. For without the Yoruba the APC wouldn’t be where they are today. I have always asked this question, would it not have been different if the likes of Abiola have traded what was then considered as unpopular and ignoble path? Your answers are as good as mine.
“Today we are celebrating what the spirit of MKO Abiola wanted for Nigeria. For when he clinched the SDP ticket, he won Kano, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, and almost all the states of the Northern region except Benue and Plateau.
He informed that event that led to annulment of the 1993 election was same process that caused precious lives of Kudirat Abiola, Late Gen. Sheu Yaradua, Late Alfred Rewane, Bagauda Kaltho and Abiola.
“Few of us are lucky, though I almost paid with my life, when my house was invaded to assassinate me, unfortunately Six Policemen lost their life”.
Besides, the former Vice President restated that his ambition to serve the nation started decades in struggle, side-by-side, alongside with democratic heroes whose sacrifices continue to be remembered.
He explained that his wealth of experience both in politics and business would bring a new deal to democracy in Nigeria and ensure entire citizens have their fair shares of the government.
I need Nigerian support to actualise my set dream for this great nations of ours and I have designed to work in ares of job, opportunity and security such that would put Nigeria back to track record
“I therefore call on all political actors to let June 12 and all that it embodies , inspire them to promote democratic principles, especially as Nigeria is about to go to the polls again”.