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June 12 ndeclaration, justice to Abiola -Methodist Archbishop

The Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Oche Job, says the declaration of June 12 as a Democracy Day in Nigeria is justice done to the late Chief Moshood Abiola.
He stated this on Tuesday in an interview in Abuja.
President Buhari had, last week Wednesday, announced today, June 12, as the country’s Democracy Day in place of May 29 which had been celebrated for 19 years.
The declaration was in recognition of June 12, 1993 Presidential Election believed to have been won by late Chief Moshood Abiola.
According to the clergyman, where Abiola is lying now, if his spirit is there, he will change his position rejoicing.
‘’Look, he gave his life that this nation will stand. We must agree that Abiola, apart from being a generous man, well-to-do, blessed by God, that he wanted to rule this nation and bring this nation to a level that every one of us will appreciate.
‘’Unfortunately, he nearly won the election, because they didn’t allow Humphrey Nwosu to declare him the winner. Immediately the counting was going on and everybody was glued to the television set, all of a sudden, Babangida came on board and said nothing is going to be announced.
‘’So Abiola wherever he is right now, he will be rejoicing that justice has been done; and his relations the same because his wife also died that way.
‘’The same course of pursuing righteousness for the nation, this man lost his life. Wherever he is right now, his spirit will be rejoicing,” he said.
He said although former military President Ibrahim Babangida went contrary to the law in annulling the election, he would not blame him because military blood flows in his vein.
‘’And so if you are looking for somebody to blame, I am not part of it. I don’t blame Babangida for behaving the way he did because he was a soldier and neither do I blame Buhari the way he behaves because he has a solider blood in his vein,” he said.
The archbishop said the two lessons Nigerians could draw from the June 12 declaration was to keep military rule at bay and ensure a free and fair election not only in 2019 but at all times.
‘’People are enjoying the holiday now but Abiola is in the grave. But the only lesson we will learn is that military should never come and rule this nation any longer.
‘’There should be no coup any longer because the worst civilian regime is better than the best military regime.
‘’And I think any human being who has the interest of this nation in mind will pray and seek for fair, unrigged, credible, transparent election.”
‘’So I belong to those who advocate that every election, not just because of what has happened, should be credible and transparent. It should be very clear to everybody that so so person is winning the election,” he remarked.
There should be no blood shed at all. There should be no rigging. There should be no cheating. Justice should be allowed to prevail.
He said he was in support of the awards being giving to the awardees, saying ‘’I support the idea of giving them awards because my church does that. We give knighthood to people who are dead, especially if they did well and they were not able to make it while they were alive.”

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Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.