June 12 A Shining Light, Reminder A United Nigeria Is Possible – Atiku

mkoAs Nigerians remember the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections today, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the watershed event as a shining light and a reminder that a united Nigeria is still possible.
The military junta of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida exactly 23 years ago today, annulled the 1993 presidential election widely adjudged to be the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s political history.
The presumed winner of the polls, Chief M.K.O Abiola, who was arrested and jailed by the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha in 1994 for declaring himself Nigeria’s lawful president, died on July 7, 1998 – the day he was due to be released.
Joining millions of Nigerians to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the annulled election, Mr. Abubakar recalled that on June 12, 1993 Nigeria was united in one cause, which was the to defeat what he called tyranny, through the ballot box.
“We all believed”, said the former VP, who contested the presidential ticket of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, against Abiola, in a statement issued by his media office in Abuja on Sunday. “After 23 years, #June12 still remains a shining light, a reminder of what is possible – a united Nigeria”.
According to the Turakin Adamawa, the integrity of the June 12 electoral process was a confirmation that Nigerians can achieve great things, if they stand as one.
“For many of us who worked with Chief M.K.O. Abiola, his death was painful, but it paved the way for enduring democracy. Our democracy today, is MKO Abiola’s legacy.
“But we must grow beyond just democracy – our country must work. We must reform our country – restructure our federation for peace, growth and prosperity. We must also fix our political system. We must embrace reforms, and base our democracy on equity and good governance, which helps every Nigerian feel safe and secure”, he stated.
Mr. Abubakar added that June 12 was a victory for Nigeria because “we knew we could be better. We can actually achieve that dream if we all work together”.



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