The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWGN) says some criticism trailing President Muhamnadu Buhari’s proclamation on ‘June 12′ as Nigeria’s new ‘Democracy Day’ and the ‘GCFR’ posthumous honour for Chief MKO Abiola should not have arisen if the preceding administrations had shared and respected the views of Nigerians.
The group stated this in a press release issued by its Ogun State chapter coordinator, Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde, and emailed to The Renaissance in Lagos on Thursday.
The Renaissance recalls that late Chief Abiola was the (undeclared) winner of 1993 June 12 Presidential election annulled by the then Military dictator, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
MMWGN noted that previous administrations had demonstrated lack of courageous to recognise and endorse facts, uphold justice and cultivate fair play attitude as their cardinal approach to governance.
According to the group, if Nigerians believed that their mandate was actually given to late MKO Abiola as proved by the (annulled) Nigerians’s ever freest and fairest 1993 June 12 Presidential Election, the hues and cries, which Buhari’s pronouncements had triggered, ought not to have erupted.
The group, therefore, enjoined Nigerians, and especially political and regional leaders, to rise above sentiments and endorse the laudable and commendable decision of the present administration, warning against politicizing the Presidential action in order not to heat the polity.
It stated that it was a courageous and landmark decision on the part of the President Buhari to right the wrongs.
The watch group berated past administrations for ignoring several clarions call for the recognition of ‘June 12′ as the country’s ‘Democracy Day’ as against May 29 and immortalised MKO, the winner in the president of the globally acclaimed free, fair and credible elections.
Allying to the Buhari’s decision as noble, justifiable and in putting the record straight, the group admonished the Presidency to be procedural and painstakingly apply due process as may be required.
It also implored the president to take further initiative and immortalised the late business guru whose democratic struggle was for the emancipation of the masses of the country.