ALL WE ARE SAYING... GIVE US AN MKO ABIOLA DAY....

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ALL WE ARE SAYING... GIVE US AN MKO ABIOLA DAY.... God as we know, works in mysterious ways. Bashorun MKO Abiola,was human. God used him to achieve something quintessential in our lives. Reasonable people will argue that June 12 1993, was ephemeral. But it remains a singular important day in Nigerian history. That day proved to us that our dream of one God, one nation, one destiny is achievable and pragmatic. On June 12, the sun stood still. Nigerians spoke with one discernible language. Though tribes and tongues differ, in brotherhood we stood. It is implausible, to think that the miracle of June 12, would have been possible without Abiola. The claim that the democracy we have today, has some connection to the Abiola legacy, has great substance. For us to sustain democracy, Abiola lost everything. For our democracy to survive, the man died. Great will be the symbolic value of dedicating a day to his memory - to the memory of June 12. Symbols should not be dismissed as insubstantial. The ascent of Nigeria today, is thanks to what happened on June 12 1993 - What happened to a man called Bashorun MKO Abiola. Here's the good news: we have a democracy! The announcement by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,to seek re-election. The opposition from within his own party. The collaboration of a thousand and one Political parties to challenge PDP. These are all good signs. Here's the bad news: without a genuine continuation of what we started on June 12 1993, there will be no celebration of this democracy. We will perpetually wander in the political wilderness that we have boxed ourselves. Continue to eat the crumbs from a fundamentally corrupt system. The idea that we have a thriving democracy, is a fantasy that blinds us and impedes our progress. Liberty must precedes democracy. Not the other way round. Sanitation of our democracy not elections. We have put in place, a system that gives enormous power to elected officials. A system, that does not cater for individual liberty and limits the rights of the down trodden masses. Like yesterday, we need a radical CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM. One that will bring a democratic culture, that will place great weight on the rule of law and protect individual rights. We have to let our elected leaders know that they exist within a system that respect rights and rules. These we need to do. Or Nigeria, will continue to be seen around the world as a nation of smart people run by idiots. The idea of a MKO ABIOLA DAY should be endorsed by all of us. The fervor invested in the memorization will be its justification. A non catastrophic path to a bright future. It is easy to be depressed when apart from APC and PDP, we see no hope elsewhere. Both parties are comforting blindfold to the perpetual cycle of reckless and pointless democracy we have in Nigeria. Narcissistic, psychopathic and tribalistic leaders, who fail to take expansive view of life and politics into account. "We should stop hiding behind one finger". Come together like we did on June 12. We are palpably dependent on each other. The challenges we face, should force us to work together towards one common goal: A BETTER NIGERIA. We need to stop the bafflegab that we cannot live together as ONE NIGERIA. It is a defeatist and tired punchline. We need to act now to fix this broken democracy. It will not be a Sisyphean task and also a Herculean one. It will also take time. But time and a strong willed people can fix things politicians cannot. Dedicated to Nigeria. Happy birthday Motherland. ................ The labor of our heroes past shall never be in vain. To serve with heart and might one nation bound in freedom,peace and unity.-National Anthem of Nigeria. "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."- Dr. Martin Luther King. — with Oluwabamiwo Ajasa and 18 others.

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