A legal luminary and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has called for structural reforms of the Nigeria in order to have a country that will be the pride of every Nigerian.
Akeredolu, former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, said this while delivering the 6th June 12 lecture of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Oyo State council.
Akeredolu regretted that the country at present was floating without direction which could be catastrophic.
“We all knew the result of the June 12, 1993 election that was annulled. Hell was let loose. One of the wives of the winner was murdered in cold blood. The winner, Basorun MKO Abiola was arrested, incarcerated and later died in detention. Most Nigerians were detained, many just disappeared and many were killed.
“The first major victim of the problem he created was the then president Ibrahim Babangida. He was forced to step aside”, he added.
According to him, the fact that Nigerians have not reneged on the revalidation of the election 23years after was a clear indication that Nigerians still felt the pains of the annulment.
Akeredolu regretted that the major direct beneficiaries of the struggle for the actualization of June 12 ironically did not recognize June 12 as a milestone till today.
He lauded Oyo NUJ for being one of the bodies keeping the June 12 struggle alive.
He stated that June 12 had clearly erased the era of religious dichotomy in politics as Nigerians now voted regardless of differences in races, dialect and regions.
Earlier, the NUJ chairman, Comrade Gbenga Opadotun, had decried the annulment of the election which he said was the major cause of the social, political and economic problems bedeviling the nation today.
He also called for the official recognition of the symbol of the election, Chief MKO Abiola by renaming the official residence of the president in Abuja after him.
Opadotun said if the acclaimed winner of the election never lived there, his spirit will and family be compensated with the honour.