June 12

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.



Categories: A Yoruba Monarch, Nigeria, Politics

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15 replies

  1. I wish I understood the Yoruba language better. 🙂

    June 12 remains a monumental injustice.

    Recently, I read the news that the Abiola family wants their Patriarch’s legacy to be immortalised by making June 12 a public holiday. Quite like how the Americans have the Martin Luther King day, for example. I don’t think they’ve been successful in their quest.

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    • Well, if you did, you’d laugh tire! One of the guys there spoke in the raw ilu-oke style 🙂

      It was indeed a slap on democracy. Sadly many would go for total elimination over dialogue.

      On public day idea – our case is a bit complicated, MLK’s case is very different from MKO. Not sure if you have seen Selma, the movie did a good job showing both sides of the MLK and his total commitment for civil rights of black people.

      In MKO’s case, not sure people will be happy for a public holiday in his honour yet. Would love to see the family documentary to be widely available to educate us all on the not so obvious events leading up to his death.

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  2. Oh wow, the video isn’t in English :(. Thanks for this post though! The first time I heard about MKO Abiola was last year when I read The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. Seems like a lot of shady things happened around the time of his death. Politics is such a dirty game smh.

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  3. Great reminder about the price some people had to pay for our democracy.

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  4. Dear Folakemi, Thanks for reminding everyone of us of this gruesome ‘murder’ to democracy. However for the sake of history and i to put the story in the proper perspective I would like to make some correction in your fist paragraph. The election was only held on 12th June 1993 but was annulled on 23rd June 1993.

    Thanks.

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  5. Reblogged this on Adejokeiyabadan's Blog and commented:
    Wonderful post and historical recollection by Yeye F. O.

    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?

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  6. Dear Fola, Explosive!  How can I re-blog without cutting and pasting? No re-blog button; help! Greetings,

    “On this day, 12th of June 1993 was an an important day in Nigeria political history, it was a day that presidential election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida who was the sitting president at the time, the winner of the election was MKO Abiola.It all ” | |

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