Wednesday, 14 June 2017

OPC June 12 Lecture:Notable Nigerians Insist On Restructuring

Notable Nigerians, Including
former governors of Abia and Lagos States,
Orji Uzor Kalu and Rear
Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd ), Otunba Gani Adams, Professor Sophie
Oluwole, Dr Mrs Joe Okei – Odumakin Comrade Tony Uranta and others have used the
2017 anniversary of the June 12 1993 election to call for restructuring of
Nigeria .

The former governors and others ,
while speaking during the commemoration
programme , organized by the Oodua People’ s Congress to mark the 24th
anniversary of the June 12 elections
also expressed the great need
immortalize the winner of the election , Late Bashorun MKO Abiola .

Former Abia State governor , Orji
Uzor Kalu , who was the chairman of the event , which took place at Excellence
Hotel , Ogba , described June 12 as “ a
symbol of democracy for the people of Nigeria irrespective of the ethnic group “

The former governor also said
that “ Democracy Day should have been
June 12 and not May 29 , which was wrongly chosen by those , who did not work
for the democracy .”

Former governor Kalu also stated
that June 12 symbolizes equity fairness and obedience to the rule of law .
These are the things the late Abiola died for . He wanted us to obey the rule
of law in the country .”

Also former military governor of
Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuizi
Kanu , while making his remark at the occasion called on the federal government
to consider the calls for restructuring
as a way of moving Nigeria forward .

The former Lagos State governor said
“ if we fail to restructure Nigeria
peacefully , we may have to do it the other way “

National coordinator of the Oodua
People’ s Congress , Otunba Gani Adams in his welcome address at the occasion
decried the abandonment of June 12 by other regions in the country , apart from
the South West

The OPC chief said “ It is indeed
sad that apart from the Southwest states of Oyo, Ogun, Lagos and Osun, which
have doggedly continued to celebrate the hero, and later martyr of that battle,
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, there has been studied
indifference to the June 12 phenomenon by the Federal Government and
remarkably, the rest of Nigeria.”

He also pointed out that “ This is
sadder still because the leader of that battle, MKO Abiola was not an ethnic
champion: he was a man of pan-Nigerian vision and ambition, who went into
politics to give the people hope, to unite them and lead them out of poverty.
His campaign manifesto was instructively titled “Hope 93 — Farewell to Poverty:
How to make Nigeria a better place for all.”

Adams averred that “ This is why I believe that if
any date is deserving of celebration, it is June 12. The Federal Government of
Nigeria, should as a matter of honour to the late politician and business
mogul, Abiola, who fought and died for the current democracy, make June 12 of
every year, a national holiday.”

The OPC chief posited that “ Certainly,
we are still far from Promised Land. For a country of so many ethnic
nationalities, all yearning and craving for growth and development, their own
way, the best that can be bequeathed onto the people is true federalism. And we
shall continue to drum it in the ears of relevant authorities that no nation
develops optimally when they hold themselves down to others for equal growth.”

“ Every nationality has to be given
the needed encouragement to grow at its own pace. This was the system handed
down to us by our founding fathers immediately after independence. This is the
sure way to live together in peace and harmony. It is a path we have to tread
to assuage all bruised nerves and give succour to the eternally deprived
nations in Nigeria.” Adams added

The guest speaker at at the occasion, Dr Chidozie Okoro of the
department of Philosophy , University of Lagos , described June 12 as “ a symbol of freedom for Nigeria “

The university don also said that “
now is the time to restructure Nigeria . The restructuring of Nigeria should be
speedily and ultimately pursued “

Dr Mrs Joe
Okei – Odumakin said “ the ideals of
June 12 still live . We must imbibe them .. The federal government must speak
the change and act the change by declaring June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria

Okei –Odumakin
also called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency post - humously
declare Abiola as the winner and that “
Nigeria must be restructured “

Sophie Oluwole blamed the problem in
Nigeria on the leadership of the Nigeria , which according to her , had prevented the experienced
right persons from leading the country .

Other dignitaries
at the event , who spoke on the need to restructure Nigeria include: Comrade
Debo Adeniran , Comrade Joseph Evah , Professor Banji Akintoye , Comrade Tony
Uranta, Muhammed Kudu – Abubakar amongst