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Democracy Day: 21 years of civil rule in Nigeria full of sorrow and tears – Falana


Immortalising MKO Abiola not enough

Nigerian human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said that that the last 21 years of civil rule in Nigeria have been full of sorrow and tears adding that immortalising late Chief Moshood Abiola, is not enough.

Falana stated this when he called into a live programme on Jamz F. M. in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He urged true patriots in the country to intensify the struggle for genuine democracy.

He said: “One of the policies carried out by the Buhari administration is the recognition of June as a public holiday and replacement of Democracy Day which was originally May 29.

“Those who set May 29 as a Democracy Day did so out of spite. I’m talking about Olusegun Obasanjo administration, that for eight years refused to recognize the supreme sacrifice paid by Bashorun MKO Abiola in the restoration of democracy in Nigeria. It was very good on the part of this administration to have recognized that day.

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“But it is not enough to immortalize MKO. It is not enough to recognize June 12 as a democracy day. The last 21 years have been a civil rule of disenchantment and frustration on the part of the majority of Nigerians.

“Only a few people, infinitesimal of politicians, can be said to have benefited from the civil rule. Only a few politicians are smiling to the bank at the expense of our people.

“The point I’m making is that the last 21 years have been years of sorrow and tears for our people. That is why the struggle to have genuine democracy must be intensified by genuine patriots in this country”.

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