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Published On: Sat, Jun 8th, 2013

Keyamo Slams Soyinka, Gani, Beko, Others for Failure of June 12 Struggle

Human Rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo

20 years after the June 12, 1993 presidential election which produced the late Chief MKO Abiola as president, Human Rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has come down heavily on Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, the late Gani Fawehinmi, the late Beko Ransome-Kuti and a host of other activists involved in the June 12, struggle, stating that their selfishness led the country to its current messy state.
Keyamo, who stated this in an interview with an online medium and a chat with Sunday Tribune, noted that the failure of the activists to take control of the political situation in the country in 1999, at the inception of the country’s democracy, as was the case in South Africa, where activists in the anti-apartheid movement formed the African National Congress, led to the emergence of undemocratic elements in government.
“The June 12 was not managed at all in the post-1999 period. The people who were at the epicenter of June 12 struggle failed to seize power and abdicated their roles for funny characters who came from absolutely nowhere. That is why you can see all forms of undemocratic forces in power today,” he said.
Keyamo stated that the June 12 activists had formed splinter groups where “everybody wanted to project his ego and himself,” ahead of the 1999 return to democracy, noting that “our greatest problem were the factions in the ranks of the progressives. Where you had JACON, NADECO, the G34, all kind of groups, there was no unity of purpose. The thing is that they progressives were not prepared for power. This was because our leaders in the progressives had their individual agenda.
The lawyer berated the development in the country whereby people, who had never been part of the struggle for democracy, were the ones calling the shots in the country today,, noting that Nigerians had formed the view that activists could not run government because of the abdication by those who agitated during the June 12 days.
Source: Tribune

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