Being textual content of a press convention addressed by the June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations on Saturday June 1st, 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Patriots, comrades, Gents of the Press, women and gents, we wholeheartedly welcome you all to this press convention put collectively by the foremost group on the forefront of the battle and agitations for the actualization of the June 12, 1993 Presidential mandate treasonably annulled by the Rtd Basic Ibrahim Babangida navy junta on June 23, 1993.
On June 12, 1993, all of us recollect how Nigerians throughout ethnic and non secular divide broke the primordial limitations in an election that has been broadly acclaimed because the freest, fairest and non-violent election within the annals of Nigeria’s political historical past, by trooping to the polls to entrust their political future into the palms of Muslim/Muslim ticket of late Chief MKO Abiola and Alhaji Babagana Kingibe of the Social Democratic Celebration (SDP) as President and Vice President of Nigeria respectively, the remaining like they are saying now, is historical past!
We congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and the assorted state Governors who have been sworn into workplace on Might 29, 2019 and need them a profitable tenure as they rededicate themselves to addressing the multi-facet issues confronting the Nigerian populace in our quest for a significant existence.
The June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations is holding this press convention at present Saturday 1st of June 2019, to sensitize the Nigeria populace on sequence of actions to commemorate the June 12 pan Nigerian mandate which we now have been irrevocably dedicated to commemorating over 25 years now, alone and collaboratively with like minds who share in our imaginative and prescient of a Federal Republic of Nigeria the place the rights and liberty of the residents are assured and revered.
As you might be fairly conscious, June 12 has been formally acknowledged and declared as Nigeria’s Democracy Day and a Public Vacation in deference to our agitations and advocacy over the past 25 years which was ignored by successive administrations till President Muhammadu Buhari mounted the saddle and did the needful in 2018 and it has now turn out to be a legislation in Nigeria! We, the June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations are proud to have been the pacesetter of the peoples battle for this victory of the Nigeria lots and democracy over crass despotism.
For this declaration and recognition of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, the June 12 Coalition of democratic formations, Nigerians and lovers of democracy everywhere in the world commend President Muhammadu Buhari for writing his title in gold as a listening chief.
Nevertheless, earlier than we go additional, it’s acceptable that we pay our respect and honour to some martyrs of the June 12 battle, these, we began this journey collectively which might be not with us as they’ve transited to greater service in the midst of the battle. We keep in mind with pleasure the sacrifices of our previous heroes who paid the supreme worth, beginning with the winner of the June 12 mandate, late Chief MKO Abiola, his spouse Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Chief Alfred Rewane, Senator Abraham Adesanya, Bagaulda Katho, Comrade Chima Ubani, Gani Fawehinmi, Beko Ransome Kuti, Baba Omojola, Alfred Ilenre, Adeyemi Solomon, and over 200 undergraduates mauled down at Ikorodu, simply to say a couple of.
We salute the tenacity and braveness displayed by these heroes even within the face of threats and assault on their lives by the despotic navy juntas, with out which we cannot be right here at present to pay honour to their departed souls and reaffirm our dedication to the trigger for which they laid down their lives.
Now, the Unfinished Enterprise:
As we get set to commemorate the June 12 anniversary on June 12, 2019, we have to ask ourselves how far have we are available our democratic journey to addressing the true issues confronting our pricey nation which the June 12 mandate type to deal with, such because the essential Nationwide Questions?
In searching for the mandate of the Nigeria individuals on June 12, 1993, late Chief MKO Abiola visionized as his political slogan, Farewell to Poverty. Immediately, can we beat our chest and declare that in 26 years of our battle, together with 20 years of democratic journey to this point, that poverty has been abolished from our land? The reply is a capital NO!
Immediately, Nigerians from the North to the South, West to East, have turn out to be greater than ever disillusioned with the state of affairs in our pricey nation the place a overwhelming majority of the citizenry are languishing in abject poverty, whereas the elite and political class proceed to reside a lifetime of affluence, opulence and squandermaneer that isn’t commensurate with the residing realities of the toiling lots.
The Nigerian state is bedeviled with a myriad of challenges which may be traced to the political construction of the nation which is Federal in idea however unitary in apply and this was one of many cardinal points that the June 12 Presidential mandate seeks to deal with.
The mutual mistrust by the totally different ethnic nationalities inhabiting the Nigerian political area can be on the coronary heart of the state of affairs of the nation which have to be addressed if we’re to maneuver ahead as a really united nation!
Restructuring of the Nation to a Federal State:
It’s our thought of view that Restructuring of the Nigeria polity is the true reply to the myriad of challenges besieging the nation. There exists crimes of all kinds everywhere in the locations, by the northeast, northwest, north central, southwest, southeast and south south – insurgency, kidnappings, banditry, farmers/herdsmen clashes, armed theft, oil-pipelines vandalism, ritual killings, leading to numerous deaths of harmless residents and destruction of properties price billions of Naira. Subsequently, we at June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations are left with no possibility than to insist that ONLY the return to Federalism as practiced previous to the incursion of navy adventurists into our nation’s political life, can set Nigeria again to the trail of glory, progress, stability and prosperity! It’ll additionally promote particular person residents, tribal and ethnic liberty, freedom, peace and unity in variety!
It will likely be very unlucky, absurd and weird that any particular person, group of individuals or an ethnic nationality, on this 21st century, could also be pursuing domination or instigating concern of domination of different people. teams or ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, a rustic of multi tribes and ethnic nations! What is going to serve widespread public good is to advertise fairness and equity, unity in variety and provoke wholesome competitions amongst federating models!
This may be achieved by the federal authorities organising a Constituent Committee to assessment and harmonize the assorted nationwide conferences stories until date, together with the PRONACO draft constitutio and challenge a white paper for the implementation of the suggestions for a democratic Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We’re additionally calling on the assorted tiers of presidency to provide you with a roadmap involving the collaboration of the native communities as we search to deal with the rising state of insecurity within the land.
On the rising degree of poverty within the land, June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations, is of the agency conviction that solely a useful academic system complemented with requisite vocational coaching and acquisition of abilities can equip our youths with the a lot wanted experience wanted to climate the storm of unemployment in an ever altering world.
As we stay up for the commemoration of the June 12, 2019 anniversary programme of actions within the coming days, might we admonish Nigerians to acknowledge that citizenship bestows accountability, self-discipline and patriotism on the residents similar to the management, as a result of like they are saying, as we make our mattress, so will we lay on it.
A phrase is sufficient for the clever.
Aluta continua, Victoria Ascerta!
Thanks all for listening, God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.