– Femi Falana (SAN) has called on the Federal Government to recognize the struggles of other Heroes of June 12 apart from late Chief MKO Abiola
– This comes as the FG declared June 12 a public holiday in honor of Abiola
Nigerian leading lawyer and Human Rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN) has called on the Federal Government to recognize the struggles of other Heroes of June 12 apart from Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale MKO Abiola.
Femi Falana made this known on Wednesday during the Channels Television Democracy Day edition of Sunrise Daily.
He also advised those who were part of the struggle and are now in government to ensure that the ideas are actualized.
Femi Falana in his statement said, “My advice to the government, beyond recognising chief MKO Abiola, beyond the national honour, well deserved, conferred on him, as well as chief Gani Fawehinmi, we must also identify other heroes of that struggle from all over the country. This was not a NADECO and Afenifere affair.
The beauty of those who are coming from the civil society who have found themselves either in the executive or the legislature is to ensure that those ideals are actualised and implemented in Government, that is why June 12 is so significant.”
Femi Falana disclosed that following the elections, the Presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC), Bashir Tofa, was under pressure to go to the tribunal and it was at that point the civil societies and trade unions began the struggle.
He added, “The point has been made abundantly clear, after that election, Bashir Tofa, the other candidate congratulated his opponent and that is what is done in any civilised society; he was under pressure to go to the tribunal but he said no.
From that moment, the civil society came in, the progressive trade unions came in and made the country ungovernable for the dictators.
They were waging the struggle when some of us were captured and taken to jail houses, they made it ungovernable for the military dictators to have their way, at the end we won the battle for the restoration.”