Kaduna – Balarabe Abdulkadir Musa, a former governor of Kaduna State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate an investigation into the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election in order to take appropriate actions against the masterminds of the historic poll cancellation.
Balarabe spoke against the backdrop of the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day in the country.
He advised the president to go beyond declaring the day as Democracy Day, and cause a comprehensive enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the annulment.
The elder statesman, while addressing newsmen in his Kaduna residence on Tuesday, noted that those who masterminded the annulment of the election should be described and recognised as unpatriotic fellows.
He stated that the annulment had done more damage to the country than could be estimated, insisting that the reason behind the action taken by the military junta in 1993 must be sought.
According to him, “Every other election that came after the June 12, 1993 election was never free, fair, and credible.
“The ghost of June 12 will continue to haunt the country if the government fails to rise and correct the mistakes of the past.”
He added that the democracy we have today in Nigeria had not met the yearnings of Nigerians in any way.
“Democracy is the supreme will of the people, and for the fact that we have twenty years of uninterrupted democracy does not mean we have the supreme will of the people.
“If the supreme will of the people means democracy, that election must be free, fair, and credible. Nigeria should be judged as a nation that practises true democracy.”
Commending Buhari for recognising June 12, he maintained that the transition between the then military head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, to former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was not a true democracy.
“From the past administration to the present administration, the elections that brought them in were not the true reflection of the people’s will and, therefore, they were fraudulent,” the elder statesman stated.
Speaking on how Nigeria could sustain its democracy, he said: “The political class must always respect the will of the people by allowing free, fair and credible elections that will lead to a legitimate government.”
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