Taking a historical look at the presidential candidates who have garnered popular following across the country, one man stands out. That man is the late MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993, who was recently honored with a national holiday on that day to commemorate his undeclared victory.
The real message of the MKO Abiola presidential election goes far beyond his desire to occupy the highest office in the land. It is the fact that for the first time in the history of our country, citizens from virtually all tribes and practitioners of different religious faiths saw a man who was a rallying point.
Nigerians saw a man who represented their hopes for good governance and prudent utilization of resources. This was because MKO was a highly successful businessman who was undeniably pan Nigerian in his outlook. Our people therefore trooped out in their millions all over the country to elect this icon but were denied the actualization of their hopes. by the evil genius.
The June 12, 1993 presidential election still serves as a pointer, even now, to the kind of leaders Nigerians desire across board. It does not matter to our people if the president comes from the far north or deep south, let the person just be a true conscientious leader.
We are tired of professional politicians who take advantage of our common wealth and leave our vast population in abject poverty. We are tired of politicians who run rings around different political parties just to be in some office.
We have come to the point where we must use common sense once again to ensure that the candidate we identify and vote for in the coming presidential election is the one who eventually occupies the Aso Rock Villa.