June 12, Democracy Day — A Mere Appeal To The West | By Tukur Ridwan






Whether it seems to benefit any Tom, Dick & Harry or not, the alteration of the date of Democracy Day remains nothing more or less than a political and crafty antic. At this point of our sociopolitical maturity as citizens, developments like this should not be surprising to us anymore when we are aware of the timing of resolutions such as this — how our erstwhile failing leadership figures come to tease us with honours to facilitate their chances of winning votes or the entire election when the time is just too near. We can't afford to reconsider what the presidency deemed fit as a supportive move in favour of the country, specifically the West, by the shifting from May 29 to June 12, claiming to honour M.K.O Abiola.

Obviously, the essence of the Democracy Day corresponds with the historical transfer of government from the military to the civilian which failed as at 1993 when Abiola was the popular presidential candidate. If the result was not annulled but rather, endorsed by the then (Military) President Ibrahim Babangida, even the June 12 would not have been the ideal date of Democracy Day. Instead, the date of the swearing-in of the winner of the election would be.

(i.e. If the inauguration happened on June 29, then that would have been the Democracy Day, not June 12. Democracy Day is supposed to be when a country became a democratic republic like it happened on the 29th of May, 1999; the fourth republic).

In light of the above, the step taken by President Buhari seems to be a skillful and calculated one, to make it appeal to the Yorubas by honouring one of their foremost political figures in the history of Nigeria entirely while we are convinced that he is justifying M.K.O's supposed leadership of the country. He made that move probably to gain the support of the massive population in states like Lagos, Ogun and Oyo to mention but few. At least, these states can help raise his margin over his competitors, adding up to the vote count in the north.

Nevertheless, we can't be gullible enough for the last time to vote him because of this. What the president has done should not be seen as a source of inspiration to the county in any way. It doesn't change anything for the better. It doesn't add to its potentials to grow better than it is. It doesn't move mountains.

If we conclude that Buhari has done us a favour with this, then it's arguably a fact that his intentions have been met with the appropriate action, making us his pawns. His politricks played on us effortlessly. He cajoled us. And we're as well gullible as usual.

Obviously, and funny enough, he has little or no chance in the east, even if he decides to move the Capital from Abuja to anywhere in the well known egalitarian, so-called Biafran region. He will not win even if he allocates a larger percentage of the oil revenue to the south-south. He may gain their hearts in the east if he shows his consideration for the Republic of Biafra as a reality to be. But that's simply a wish.

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