Why Obasanjo, Jonathan couldn't institutionalise Abiola, June 12 - Okupe - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, June 14, 2019

Why Obasanjo, Jonathan couldn't institutionalise Abiola, June 12 - Okupe

The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain in Ogun State,  Dr. Doyin Okupe, has given insight into  why neither the government of ex - President Olusegun Obasanjo nor that of former President Goodluck Jonathan could institutionalise the  late politician and presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola.

Okupe said there was no better person or better government that could  institutionalise June 12 except President Muhammadu Buhari and a government headed by him..

Describing Buhari as  a "strong northerner,"  Okupe added that 
 if another leader or government other than Buhari or his government had tried to  institutionalise June 12, it would have created serious controversy or disension. 

The medical doctor - turned politician  was the Spokesman of Obasanjo during his first term in office and also Senior Special Adviser  on Public Affairs to ex - President Goodluck Jonathan between 2011 and 2015  but despite spirited calls for due recognition of Abiola and June 12  by Nigerians, particularly the Southwesterners, because of Abiola's supreme sacrifice for the nation's democracy,  Obasanjo or Jonathan failed to immortalise him.

He spoke on Wednesday at  Park Inn, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, why reacting to a question on why Obasanjo could not honour MKO Abiola; his kinsman,  during his eight years reign as President of Nigeria.

The question was put to Okupe by Dr. Goke Rauf, a lecturer at Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, who was a guest lecturer at a public lecture organised by Ladi Adebutu Organisation to Commemorate the June 12 Democracy Day.

Okupe who disclosed that he has been unable to resolve the nagging issue bothering his mind ever since  whether Chief Abiola would still have been alive today, if he and others had persuaded the late politician to escape at the time instead of allowing him to yield to arrest on that fateful day the military came for him with Amoured Personnel Carrier(APC), however, said providence has placed it so well on Buhari to immortalise Abiola and not another person.

He said: "One, Obe kii mi nikun Agba. Two,  nothing can happen in this world until God Almighty ordains it. Three, the politics of Nigeria is so intricate. When they started Sharia in Zamfara, Obasanjo publicly endorsed it and allowed it.

"No northern President can do that effectively without incurring major riot, but those who can complain and those who can show dissension, because it was one of their own that endorsed, also kept quite.

"There is no better person, there is no better government that can institutionalise June 12 except government headed by a strong northern otherwise it will create serious controversy. 

"Buhari by providence has been well - placed. He is not just an ordinary northern, a very strong one that a lot of northern have respect for, that even if they disagree (with him) they will not vent their disagreement. They will hold their peace.

"And therefore, it was easier for him to do it. We give God the glory that it has been done. Delay is not denial at last."

The guest lecturer, Goke Rauf, who spoke on the topic titled "The Yoruba Race In A Reunited Nigeria," called on the  Western region to unite for  the greater interest of national unity.

Rauf advised the yoruba people to respect and support their political leaders who are capable of ensuring the continued relevance of the race at national and global levels and not cut them down before outsiders.

The mass communication lecturer identified lack of political ideology among politicians as one of the problems working against the unity of the Yoruba people.  

However, former member of the House of representatives,  Hon. Ladi Adebutu, in his remarks, said the present political dispensation was a product of the agitations that followed the annulment of the June 12 election presumably won by Abiola  and called on political actors to give prominence to the ideals of the late politician. 

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