By AbdulSalam Muhammad, Kano.
KANO – Former Presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican convention, NRC, Alhaji Bashir Usman Tofa has described the events of June 12 as fiction, saying those still celebrating ‘the dead issue have nothing to do with their time.’
Addressing reporters in Kano, yesterday, the erstwhile NRC stalwart who was irked by the question on why he seldom speaks about June 12 considered by many as a pan-Nigerian mandate, said… ‘ it is for those who don’t have anything to offer this country to move forward that can still be talking about June 12 presidential election’.
The Kano-born politician who ran with the acclaimed winner of June 12 Presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola in 1993 that was subsequently annulled by Ibrahim Badamosi Babagida-led military regime stressed ‘I am not one of those people that celebrate fiction, that is the more reason why I don’t like to be talking on June 12 presidential election’’
Nigeria degenerated into political turmoil in 1993 when the military led junta under the leadership of the Minna-born infantry General annulled the Presidential election claimed to have been won by late Chief Moshood Abiola,an election adjudged by both local and international observers as the freest and fairest.
Bashir Tofa further ‘if you have learnt any lesson out of it good , if you have not, keep quiet , let this country make progress, but for one to still be talking about something that occurred 20 years ago is colossal waste of time’’.
Tofa who could not betrayed his anger during the interactive session maintained that ‘we have more problems than to be talking about this we want this country to survive and people were still talking about June 12 ‘.
Tofa who had earlier asked reporters not to mention June 12 as a prerequisite for the interview said ‘people who have nothing to offer this country or have nothing better to say , can go on talking about June 12 , because they have nothing else to say to help this country move forward’.