Scooper Poll: Who Is The Real Hero Of June 12?
Jun. 12, 2019
During the June 12 Elections of 1992, Abiola received massive support, and went ahead to beat opposition, presidential candidate of National Republican Convention (NRC), Alhaji Bashir Tofa in his native Kano State.
MKO pulled 8,341,309 votes, representing 58.36 percent of total votes.
However, former Military President Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election and this led to sporadic protests nationwide.
Shortly, Abiola declared himself president-elect at Epetedo, Lagos Island.
He was arrested and detained by the Abacha regime for five years. His businesses were crippled by the state. But, he refused to surrender.
He fought on until he died in detention under Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, who succeeded Abacha. The circumstances surrounding his death have remained in the realm of conjecture.
Many people have been named heroes of June 12. Although he died, MKO still remains chief if them.
Others includes; the late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola was one of his numerous wives. She was bold and brace. The annulment forced Kudirat into the pro-democracy movement. She developed a steely determination that dared military bullets.
The late Chief Adekunle Ajasin, former governor of Ondo State, was the most principled politician and most respected moral voice in post-Awolowo era. He doubled as Afenifere and NADECO leader.
The late Chief Anthony Enahoro, nationalist and elder statesman, was the chairman of NADECO’s Steering Committee. In 1995, he was detained for almost three months without any charge by Abacha. Before he escaped abroad, he was a torn in the flesh of the military. He also chaired the Movement for National Reformation (MNR) and the Pro-National Conference Organisation (PRONACO). Enahoro was actually the leader of NADECO abroad.
The late Chief Fawehinmi was an outstanding lawyer and world-acclaimed human rights crusader. He was an advocate of de-annulment. For daring the military, he was detained for a long period by the military government.
Tinubu, Olawale Osun, Dr. Wahab Dosunmu,
Ayo Opadokun, the General Secretary of the Afenifere and NADECO, The list is endless.
And of course the casualties of the June 12 struggle which are too numerous to mention.
Many activists were detained. Many lost their property. Businesses were ruined. Families were dislocated. Media houses were closed down.
The Nigerian people suffered but are victorious today because they put aside tribal bias, religious affiliations and sentiments and did what was right.
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