Viewpoint in brief: June 12 and the cry for help
By Obatunde Bright Adetola
Since the return of democracy in 1999, the number of registered political parties have grown and the growth has not stopped. At the last count, they should be about 60 now registered by INEC. However, among all of them only three or perhaps four are more popular i.e. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressive Congress (APC), the All Progressives Granda Alliance (APGA) and now Social Democratic Party (SDP). The rest registered parties are mere tools in the hands of any party in government to be used for political maneuvering under the guise of coalition of political parties (CPP) to either support or scuttle any policy by the party in power after due payments or settlements for a job well done.
Aside all the above, the oldest and most powerful political party in Nigeria is the Military Autocratic Party (MAP) whose membership is predominantly the ‘serving’ and retired Generals. There are some copted members among the wealthy Nigerians that serve as interface between the Military and the Civil Society. In specific terms, all past military heads of state in Nigeria are members. Aside the wealthy Nigerians who are holding the economy of Nigeria on behalf of MAP, there is the northern caliphate, with members who hold the spiritual authority to always legitimise all illegalities of MAP, thereby establishing its hegemony and sustainability to maintain the present structure of Nigeria, which is a tool for their survival.
MAP is permanent in government in Nigeria and it has not left for once. If anyone says that unity of Nigeria is not negotiable check very well, they are members of MAP who are directly benefitting from the skewed structure of Nigeria as it is presently constituted.
Going through the political history of Nigeria, the civil societies have always thought of a better way Nigeria could be governed to make progress. As such demands have been made for a return to true democratic rule/civil governance, de-annulment of June 12 1993 election, declaration of June 12 election results, declaration of MKO Abiola as President of Nigeria (1993) and most recently re-structuring of Nigeria.
Not surprising to those who know MAP very well, the requests by the civil society over the years will not be granted because it is antithetical to the goal and survival of MAP in Nigeria. So if any Nigerian thinks that MAP will do anything against its own survival then there may be a need for a rethink. When IBB said that if I declare the June 12 results they will kill me, ask yourself, who did you think he was refereeing to? Ordinary Nigerians? Your guess is as good as mine.
The time has now come for members of MAP to actually continue to decimate the body. What Babangida feared 25years ago has come over him. The implosion that will consume all the enemies of Nigeria is already ignited under the leadership of General Muhammadu Buhari by the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
The declaration is against the goal of MAP and the survival of MAP. The first time the survival of MAP was actually threatened was under Late General Sani Abacha who deared to imprison General Shehu Yar’Adua (who later died in prison) and General Olusegun Obasanjo. The late General Abacha equally deposed then Sultan Dasuki. If anybody had thought a Buhari will take such a step, it would have been a joke taken too far going by personal history of Buhari and the general goal of MAP. The same higher power that came like a rushing wind that sent IBB out of Aso-Rock unprepared has come on Buhari, held his hands forcefully to sign the declaration (not minding all the avoidable errors in the one page paper) of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day in recognition of the Freest, Fairest and most successful election of a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Dear Nigerians, the implosion has just started. Now IBB is crying within his Mansion in Niger State begging for help and forgiveness over the annulment of June 12 election, T.Y. Danjuma had to go outside the shore of Nigeria at old age to cry for help concerning the killings of his people and Obasanjo is now crying for fear of being arrested and going to prison at old age by one of theirs. It is time to expect more of the move of that higher power to continue to compel all members of MAP to realize all the demands of the civil populace needed for a better Nigeria and envisaged by MKO Abiola when he sloganeered all over Nigeria that Farewell to Poverty 25 years ago.
Let me remind the President that, though he has done what others in similar position could not or failed to do, he has not done anything out of the ordinary. He should not be deceived by praise singers because he cannot honour M.K.O. Abiola and at the same time praise and adopt Abiolas tormentor, late Abacha as his role model. That alone questions the sincerity of the honour awarded to Abiola by Mr. President, just as Tunde Bakare said government is a continuum. Government do not end, it’s only a tenure that ends. What IBB and OBJ failed woefully to do, you did it (willingly or unwillingly) it wont matter to Nigerians. Be it legally or illegally, it wont also matter to Nigerians; the annulment was equally done illegally anyway.
The recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day is just the beginning of payments of moral debt owed Nigerians by the Federal government. Other debts include announcement of the result of June 12 to put a stop to calling MKO the Presumed Winner of the June 12 1993 General Elections. He was the winner of that election to merit the GCFR. The President should go to the archives where he kept the 2014 National Conference Report and start the implementation before any election in 2019. Failure to address this demand or another moral debt will only mean that President Buhari is also pushing upfront his own day of reckoning when that Confab Report will be implemented by another member of MAP, which the higher power will use again to wipe away tears of Nigerians. However, Mr. President can still take advantage of correcting the wrongs while the power to do so lasts.
- Adetola, PhD teaches Political Sociology at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.