Sunday, 17 June 2007 21:10

Back to June 12

IT is most unfortunate that apart from symbolic activities in Lagos and Ogun states, the 14th anniversary of June 12, which was in the past week, passed without notice and almost as a non-event in many parts of Nigeria. Both the Federal Government and the private sector were completely indifferent.

Ironically, it was on June 12, 1993, that the foundation for the present democratic process from which so many have benefitted since 1999, was laid. That date deserves a louder recognition in Nigerian politics and society. Late Chief MKO Abiola who became the symbol and the arrowhead and ultimately the martyr of the June 12 phenomenon deserves national recognition, in form of a national holiday in his honour, and an appropriate national recognition of his martyrdom.