The June 12 Movement on Thursday called on the government to introduce a subject chronicling the events around June 12 into schools’ curriculum in honour of the late M.K.O Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election.
Addressing the media at Mr Abiola’s Lagos home, the group asked the government to execute popular projects that would have lasting impact on the lives of citizens.
“As a movement, we shall be asking for June 12 as a concept and as a principle to be taught in Nigerian schools as a core civic theme,” said Anthony Killa, the chairman of the organising committee of the 25th anniversary of June 12, who spoke on behalf of the group.
“We shall be working to turn this Abiola house to a Centre of Democracy in Africa. We shall continue to insist that M.K.O Abiola, the president-elect and the symbol of the fairest, freest, and the most peaceful election in the history of Nigeria be declared the president of Nigeria. We shall request that he be declared and referred to as the president that never ruled, but elected.
“There are some people who say that can he be declared president because he wasn’t sworn-in? And I take them back to the rudiments of politics and social context in life and to explain to the world that the moment of being elected is bigger than the moment of being sworn-in.
“Because swearing-in is a ceremony that involves how many people? Decorators, journalists, friends, and family. The voice of the people is the ballot box. The voice of the people is in the choice they made.”
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared June 12 as democracy day with effect from 2019, shifting the date from May 29.