TO mark the 15th year remembrance of the death of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, M.K.O, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 19993 election, a group, Coalition of Yoruba Autonomy, COYA, has reiterated its call for a Sovereign National Conference, SNC, to address the imbalance in the Nigerian polity.
The group which made the call to celebrate Chief MKO Abiola, and other Yoruba martyrs who died in the quest to emancipate the Yoruba race, also made case for compensation of those who suffered incapacitation or disabilities in the protest against annulment of June 12, 1993 election.
President of the group, Ambassador Adekunle Adesokan, said: “Today is a day set aside to celebrate our martyrs, people like Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Gani Fawehinmi, Beko Ransome-Kuti, Pa Adekunle Ajasin, Pa Alfred Rewane, Pa Abraham Adesanya and several others, who died in the struggle to emancipate the Yoruba nation.
“We, in COYA, demand a truly people’s democratic federal constitution through a Sovereign National Conference, and stoppage of the superficial, ordinary, deceitful, illegitimate and self-serving amendment of the 1999 constitution, currently being undertaken by the National Assembly.
“‘Yoruba race has lost so many sons and daughters to Sanni Abacha despotic rule both inside his numerous gulags and several killing machine squads. We, therefore, call for compensation for victims who suffered incapacitation or disability arising for the protest against the June 12 annulment.
“We cannot end this address without commiserating with the families and loved ones of the Yoruba traders that were murdered in cold blood by yet unidentified persons in the northern part of Nigeria. We are not unaware that this is not the first time such callous massacre would be carried on our own people in that part of the country.
“The bomb blast at the luxury park in Kano earlier in the year is instructive to this. It is deliberate that we are not saying more than commiserating with the family and the entire Yoruba nation for the losses suffered in these senseless and unwarranted attack on Yoruba people.”