On this day, 12th of June 1993 was an important day in Nigeria political history, it was a day that presidential election won by MKO Abiola but was never declared as winner by the sitting president, Ibrahim Babangida.
It all started from refusal to announced the winner to annulment of election results on June 23rd, the rest is history as MKO Abiola eventually died in prison for insisting that he won historical election and deserved to be announced as the president. His first wife Kudirat Abiola died in the struggle too.
This is Nigeria.
This is not one of the stories that was fed to us, it is very recent history. Their case is not an isolated one – Nigeria has a long history of passive aggressive when it comes to politics, much more than we want to openly admit to. Even if people are not particularly clean-handed, should we continue to kill one another like rams?
This youtube video was done completely in Yoruba language as the message was meant to call the Yorubas especially the elders with questionable moral standing, the kings and the chiefs – whose only language was money and bling, to re assess their ways – attitude is beyond embarrassing, it is evil especially when we think of what the future holds for those coming behind.
I say kudos to the guys who made this video, it is hard to remind our people to turn mirror inwards, we’d rather talk about other people as our biggest problem than pay attention to how our people from within have contributed to the rot of the country we inherited today.
And the most beautiful parts of this video I think was the poetry bits in both 13:00 and 30:00, it a minute long each. That is what we call Ewa Ede – beauty of language. I’ll try to translate this one day.