By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
A prominent legal practitioner in Ogun state, Barr Babatunde Oshilaja has said that nothing will appease the soul of Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, winner of the annuled June 12, 1993 presidential election and many Nigerians who paid the supreme sacrifice during the democratic struggle except those behind this annulment were duly punished for their sins.
Barr Babatunde Oshilaja said that President Muhammadu Buhari must set the machinery in motion to let the likes of the former Head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) and his cohorts who did grievous damage to the progress of the country with the annulment of June 12 presidential election account for the crime committed.
Speaking with our Correspondent over the recognition of June 12 as the Democracy Day as against May 29 when the country returned to civil rule in 1999 as well as the renaming of Abuja Stadium after late Chief MKO, Barr Oshilaja said that “all these are just tokenism that could not compensate for all that June 12 struggles stand for”.
He said “ June 12 goes beyond one man, Abiola, he was just the symbol. June 12 was about the freest and fairest election in the history of the country. It represented people’s choice of leaders that was not based on religion because Abiola and his running mate, Kingibe ran Muslim, Muslim tickets. Abiola did not only die in the struggle, his wife, Kudirat was also silenced likewise many Nigerians”.
“ So if federal government renamed Abuja Stadium after MKO, does that suffice for other Nigerians whose lives were brutally terminated by the military? What can only appease the souls of these slain heroes of democracy is to ensure that the likes of Babangida and other chief tormentors answer for their deeds, this is when the souls of these great Nigerians will rest in peace “.
Oshilaja said it was even sacrilegious and disheartening to still find anywhere in Ogun state named after Babangida maintaining that such honour ought to have been withdrawn due to the incalculable damage done democratic rule in the country.