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June 12 should be declared MKO Abiola Day — Agbakoba

Former President of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, a human and pro-democracy activist, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, was one of those who fought for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993, presidential election mandate of Chief M.K.O. Abiola, a struggle that led to the return of civil rule on May 29, 1999. In this chat, he spoke on the Federal Government’s declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day, how to end the scourge of insecurity afflicting the nation, why the North is afraid of restructuring and how to save the country.

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DEMOCRACY DAY: Mixed views greet FG’s June 12 decision

On Thursday, the Senate agreed with the House of Representatives to approve a bill that will make June 12 the nation’s Democracy Day in honour of late Chief M.K.O Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential poll that was annulled by the military regime of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Abiola, his wife, Kudirat and a multitude of people including activists died in the struggle to actualise the June 12 mandate. The struggle eventually led to the return of democracy on May 29, 1999. Since then pro-democracy activists have been calling for the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day among other measures to honour Abiola and other heroes and heroines of the struggle.

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