This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Sunday, May 29, 2016
DEMOCRACY DAY: GIVE US JUNE 12
29th May, 2016,
DEMOCRACY DAY: GIVE US
The Federal Government (FG) has declared Monday 30th May, 2016
as a holiday in lieu of today, Sunday 29th May, 2016. This date (29th
May) has been earmarked as Democracy Day since 1999.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) hereby declares its misgivings about the choice
of 29th May of every year as Democracy Day.
Going down memory lane, Nigerians will recall that 29th May is
so revered by FG because the military handed over to a civilian government on
May 29, 1999. But the choice of 29 May was merely an attempt to trivialize the
June 12 phenomenon.
further recall that the presidential election of June 12, 1993 remains the most
orderly and most peaceful election in the annals of Nigeria’s history. The June
12 election is a most significant landmark. It is more important than May 29.
That was the only election which brought Christians, Muslims and
traditionalists together under one umbrella to vote for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Nigerians of all tribes also jettisoned ethnic sentiment on that memorable day
to vote for Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. Unfortunately the election was most
criminally annulled by the military junta and the undeclared winner was bundled
into detention where he eventually died after four years.
29 is therefore a political abracadabra concocted by the then military junta to
pull the wool over our faces. Whereas nations in other climes seek to entrench their
history, Nigerian leaders are wishing away our collective memory. We aver that
a people that does not know its past cannot know where it is going. The refusal
of past leaders to give due recognition to the June 12 phenomenon is partly
responsible for the nation’s wobbling and fumbling till date.
MURIC charges Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives
Congress (APC) to quickly address this issue. If indeed it is true that APC
promised Nigerians ‘change’ (and it is) then it behoves its leaders to change
the date of our Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12. To those who appreciate
the true spirit of democracy, May 29 is a historic fraud whereas June 12 is a
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)