By Niyi Tabiti
Tommorow is the democracy day in Lagos and it has been declared a public holiday by Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola,the Governor of Lagos State.It is in honour of late Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola.This tradition started durning the tenure of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who happens to be Fashola’s mentor and predecessor in office.
The late Aare Onakankafo of Yorubaland was believed to have won the June 12,1993 presidential election in Nigeria.However, the election which was adjudged the freest and fairest in Nigerian history was annulled by the Military government of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.When IBB was sent packing from government, he brought Chief Ernest Shonekan as Head of the Interim Government. After some months, Shonekan was removed by General Sani Abacha in a palace ‘coup’.
Abiola died in detention in detention trying to reclaim his June 12 electoral mandate in 1998. He died almost a month after General Abacha died in mysterious circumstances.