Immortalise Abiola now- Evah

SUN Newspaper- Willy Eya

National Coordinator of Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), Comrade Joe Evah, has tasked President Goodluck Jonathan on the need to immortalize the hero of June 12, 1993, presidential election, the late Chief M.K.O Abiola.

Abiola was the presumed winner of the election adjudged to be the most free and fair presidential poll in the history of the country, but his mandate was annulled by the administration of the then Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda.

Speaking via telephone in hospital in Dubai, where he went for a medical check-up, the environmental rights activist reminded Jonathan that it was the June 12 struggle that laid the foundation for his emergence in the recent presidential election. He advised the President to genuinely immortalize Abiola, regretting that past leaders never considered such posthumous honour as important.

“The people of Niger Delta want to thank Nigerians for giving the mandate to President Goodluck Jonathan. You see, this year’s June 12 is very significant because it was a period Nigerians came together and voted for somebody they wanted.“Jonathan’s story can be likened to the June 12 story, but the only difference is that unlike Abiola’s mandate, it was not annulled, derailed, or cancelled.

“So, we want President Jonathan to immortalize Abiola because past leaders made it appear like a talkshop. We want Jonathan to realize that it was the June 12 struggle that gave him the mandate today, because of the principalities that fought against it. So, he should genuinely immortalize June 12 in this country and not pay lip service to it as his predecessors did. It is the Abiola election that brought forth the victory we are celebrating today,” he said.

He cautioned that Nigerians do not want what happened in 1993 to repeat itself because, according to him, the forces that derailed June 12 are still very much around and still trying to tamper with President Jonathan’s mandate.


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