How can a serving-Nigerian corp member not know anything or just know little about June 12?
How can many Nigerians have quickly forgotten the historic event that welcomes and delivered Democracy to us?
Why is it that the only thing we ask about the date is “is there going to be a public holiday on June 12?”
However, June 12 is another bold chapter in the history book of Nigeria. It’s a day many will never forget in a hurry.
If we talk about Democracy today, we should equally give a good credit to the day that made it happen — June 12. See also: Top 10 Killer Ways To Save During NYSC
12 Facts Every Corper Should Know About June 12
1. Is a day popularly celebrated in honor of the presidential election held on June 12, 1993.
The presidential sit was contested for, by Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, also popularly known as Chief M.K.O Abiola and his opponent, Bashir Tofa.
Chief M.K.O Abiola was generally accepted by all Nigerians that Abiola won the presidential election but wasn’t declared as the winner. Therefore, the election was regarded as inconclusive. See also: Top 10 Legit Work From Home Jobs In Nigeria For Corpers
2. The election was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida:
Because of alleged evidence that there was corruption and unfair activities in it despite that many national and international observers declared the election to be Nigeria’s freest and fairest election ever conducted.
3. Gen. Sani Abacha take over:
The annulment of the election led to huge crisis all over the federation because everyone knows that MKO won the election. He even practically won in northern part of the country where his opponent came from.
So people started asking why would the election be cancelled. And thus arose several killings and destruction of properties across the nation.
The crisis was what pave way for Gen. Sani Abacha and he seize power from Babangida latter in the same year.
4. The person of Abiola:
Why will they annul a clear election and denied the winner his mandate?
Perhaps it was due to the personality of Chief MKO Abiola as at that time.
Abiola was a rich, tallented, influencial and famous politician with a message of Hope to the nation.
He was a philanthropist that had gained lots of awareness both within and outside Nigeria.
Also at that time, his mandate that came with a hope message ;”Farewel to poverty among the citizens” also had made him become a thorn in the flesh to many of the corrupt top military officials ruling the nation then.
I think that was one of the reasons they couldn’t stand MKO being declared the winner of the election.
5. Abiola Declared himself president:
When the obvious election result was cancelled and Gen. Sani Abacha, who was now the man in control, also refused to bring justice to the June 12 election, MKO in 1994, moved ahead with his mandate by announcing himself as the winner of the election and the lawful president of Nigeria. This he did in the Egbetedo area of Lagos Island __an area mainly dominated by Lagos indigenes.
Abiola was at the same time ready for the aftermath of his actions because he won’t give up his presidential mandate for anything.
So he has already started using his influence to solicit for support from international community over his mandate.
6. MKO Abiola was arrested:
After Abiola declared himself president of Nigeria, he was also declared wanted by Gen. Sani Abacha who asked soldiers to find Abiola and bring him in for treason and felony.
Gen Abacha ordered the arrest if MKO and was brought to custody in 1994.
7. Chief MKO Abiola remained in detention for a whole 4 years. No one was allowed to see him and wasn’t also permitted to see any of his family members.
Abiola was given only a holy Bible, Quir’an and fourteen guards to be his companion.
8. Many world leaders and human right activist, home and abroad, campaigned for the release of Abiola but Abacha said he would only do that if Abiola is willing to renounce his mandate. That is what Abiola will never do.
9. You should also know that it was said that the popular Nigerian prophet; prophet T.B Joshua had earlier predicted the outcome of June 12 election and warned Abiola not to delve into it. But Abiola wants freedom and hope for all. So he wouldn’t give that away even to the cost of loosing his life.
10. Abiola died for June 12 mandate.
While Abiola was still in detention, Gen Sanni Abacha had being making some plans to become a civillian president that no one will be able to remove again. So he has started killing some people that can stand in his way and getting some arrested.
But God caught up with him when he met his sudden death on June 8, 1998. Nobody could state specifically what caused the death of the general till today.
After the death of Gen Sanni Abacha, every Nigerians were looking forward to seeing MKO Abiola released. But unfortunately, after a month to the death of Abacha, instead of Abiola being released and given what rightfully belongs to him, his death was announced.
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola died on July 8, 1998 — a month to the death of Gen Abacha.
11. Autopsy conducted on Abiola after his death revealed that MKO died a natural death (heart attack), while a man who should, of course, know the cause of his death (Major Al-mustapha) said Abiola was poisoned with a cup of tea.
12. Till today, many of the Nigeria states, especially the western ones celebrates June 12 and remembers Abiola for his act of bravery and what it brought Nigerians.
Holidays are still being given in some states like Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, and Osun state on June 12 to remember the matyrs of Democracy that lost their lives due to the effect of June 12 presidential election in Nigeria.