Removing The Red Carpet On Abiola’s Blood
Nigeria News takes a look at the presentation of the posthumous award to MKO Abiola and the jubilation afterwards.
For 25 years, his blood has been flowing across the country. Injustice prevailed when his soul was cut short and his stool was ceded to his clan. Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, MKO won the June 12, 1993 election but never became Nigeria president.
The annulment of that election angered many Nigerians, many from the southwest where he had hailed from. The protesters trooped to the streets to kick against the injustice. Democracy was slaughtered by the military junta of Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and to make it worse, the winner of the election was killed five years after.
He drank from a cup of tea and never opened his eyes again. And since then, his soul had been asking a question as his blood cried for vengeance.
In 2016, a fiery cleric, the Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare raised the alarm that Nigeria might not have peace until a propitiation is done to appease the souls of heroes of June 12.
It was a time many Nigerians were killed in broad day light by the Babangida troops. I could remember how the popular Oshodi in Lagos suddenly went dead. It was deserted by people but taken over by armoured tanks.
Before Abiola was killed, his wife Kudirat had been murdered by the gunmen from the despotic Gen. Sani Abacha who took over through a palace coup against the interim government.
The interim government of Ernest Shonekan was illegally imposed on Nigeria but never spend three months as Abacha erased it to mount his tyranny on Nigerians.
Successive governments have passed in the last 25 years with their drums of jubilations in a country that is pained by injustice. There are many of them, beneficiaries of the death of Abiola. To them, Abiola has to die so that democracy can live.
And to them, Nigeria must move on. Anything about Abiola must be erased. June 12 should not never be recognized as they chose May 29 as their own democracy day.
And for 24 years, May 29 has been celebrated with red carpet spread on the blood of MKO Abiola, the man who paid the ultimate price for the successive presidents to rule. But the blood cries still and perhaps that is why no government has succeeded.
June 12, 1993, brought on board Muslim/Muslim ticket and was declared the freest, fairest and most peaceful election Nigeria ever had. Nobody complained about religion or ethnicity. Nigerians voted their conscience and chose MKO Abiola.
Today, I see Nigeria being renewed by the blood of the innocents who perished with June 12, just because President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a bold step to rewrite history and bring justice.
I want to believe that soon, Boko Haram will become a thing of the past as the Federal Government appeases the angry dead souls. Today, justice is finding its way back into the land and Nigeria will soon begin to sing the songs of victory.