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The Essence of the June 12 Remembrance

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Osas Jacob, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Osas Jacob

    Osas Jacob Member

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    Today is June 12, usually marked as a public holiday in most western states in Nigeria. Why is this day set aside for celebrations or any form of discussions? It is actually a sober reminder of what should have been. On June 12 1993, what was considered to be the fairest election in the history of this country was conducted with MKO Abiola being declared the winner. However, few hours later, the results were annulled and the cycle of corruption and bad governance continued.

    There is no reason for the public holiday if all we do is talk about the events of that day 24yrs ago. The same issues that we were battling like poor electricity supply, corruption, bad water, poor state of the economy, etc, are still what we are facing now. We have not learnt from the events of that day or improved in any way. All we do is mark this day each year. So really, what is the essence of the June 12 remembrance?
     
  2. Oluomoadebayo

    Oluomoadebayo Moderator Staff Member

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    Giving the circumstances behind MKO's death, the sacrifice he made, there is nothing wrong for us as a nation to remember that faithful day.
     
  3. Osas Jacob

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    Given the fact that his death was for nothing, then i see a lot wrong with remembering that day
     
  4. Oluomoadebayo

    Oluomoadebayo Moderator Staff Member

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    Our democracy was realized because of his sacrifice, he didn't died for nothing.
     
  5. Osas Jacob

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    But are we enjoying that democracy now? What difference has the democracy achieved for us? We are still a very backward nation. The democracy he fought for hasn't exactly been realized, it is just a title
     
  6. Oluomoadebayo

    Oluomoadebayo Moderator Staff Member

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    Despise not the humble beginning. We will get there one day.
     

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