(Formerly May 29)
Ideally I’d say to my fellow Nigerians, Happy Democracy Day o my people.
But today 🤦🏾♂️🤢, I have searched, and searched. I have also spoken with more than 60 #naijayouth (home and abroad) between yesterday and today still searching…
Well, keep reading…
On this day, 28 years ago, we had our first display of Democracy Nationwide. The Businessman and philanthropist, MKO Abiola, who was widely believed to have won the Presidential election, had his results overturned by the military. He was later arrested and died in their hands of “heart attack”.
You see, on every Nigerian Democracy day I try to find good reasons why, even though we are not there yet, we should be proud of how far we have come as a democratic nation. But today, the thing just tire me…
We failed our first test of Democracy and quite frankly I think we never revisited the course before taking the test subsequently at 4 years intervals. It is believed that the election of June 12, 1993, is still the fairest and freest election ever conducted in Nigeria.
As a #naijayouth though, you were either too young to vote back then or not even born at all, but today, you can and must.
We have the power of numbers, nature and time is on our side, the older leaders naturally have less time, leadership will ultimately be handed down to us.
Let’s keep getting ready.
I have searched for more reasons to be proud as a Nigerian but on this day I found even less.
Starting from next election, the next 28 years is in our hands – we The Nigerian Youth.
Don’t be sold.
Happy Democracy Day Nigerians!