Witnesses speak on MKO Abiola's Epetedo Declaration
This article was first published on June 12, 2019. Epetedo was an unassuming locality on Lagos Island. But it was not without historical importance. Epetedo became home some of the followers of the deposed and exiled Oba Kosoko of Lagos in the late 1800s. Kosoko was sacked by the British colonialists for refusing to end…
Nigeria must restructure its governance system or continue to drift, Anyaoku warns
As Nigeria officially celebrates its (May 29) Democracy Day on a new date (June 12), former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyoku, has reiterated the need for new Constitution to address the structural problems associated with governance and security.
An open letter to Graça Machel
It is with due respect that I decided to write to you today. We met at a number of fora over time but none as close as in April 1995 when I visited South Africa with the plan to meet with Madiba and Archbishop Desmond Tutu...
The spirit of a dying year
There is a sense in which we believe that an outgoing year actually dies. It ends. It quits the stage and goes into oblivion.
Dabyna… Son Of Rock Takes On Xenophobia
From the telephone conversation, you could tell that this is not just an ordinary artiste; his husky but soothing voice gave him out. In a country like Nigeria, where many are soaking up hip-hop fever, Dabyna Poll-Abraham remains a proud son of rock music. So, when he tells you he’s ‘gold,’ you can’t help but agree.
Buhari meets Ogun elders, says MKO Abiola bridge builder
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late MKO Abiola as a bridge-builder, who could have prevented the religious and tribal issues besetting the country now from coming up if he had been allowed to rule Nigeria.
June 12: Barbers at work
You cannot shave a man’s head in his absence— MKO Abiola, winner of 1993 Presidential Election. I am reproducing this piece I did when we were all falling over ourselves as officialdom announced it was, at last and belatedly, embracing June 12 as a national event and not a regional or ethnic phenomenon. Nothing has…
FG’s recognition of June 12 has corrected past wrongs, says Fayemi
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday, described the recognition of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day by the Federal Government as righting the wrongs of the past, saying there would not have been May 29 without June 12.
Buhari honouring MKO Abiola is a shame on Obasanjo, says Fayose
Former Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose Thursday said the renaming of Abuja Stadium after Moshood Abiola by President Muhammadu Buhari was a shame on former president Olusegun Obasanjo. Abiola won the 1993 general elections and was detained by the then military regime after he declared himself president on June 11, 1994. Fayose, a member of…
What I regret about June 12 struggle, by Agbakoba
Human rights activist and former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, in this interview with ONYEDIKA AGBEDO, urges the Federal Government to take the recognition of June 12 a step further by declaring it MKO Abiola Day and given Abiola his place in as president even though he never allowed to serve