Nigeria: Ojudu advocates museum to preserve June 12 struggle
London, June 12, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters has called for the establishment of a museum to document and preserve the struggle of June 12 election and the events that followed in the interest of coming generations
According to him, the June 12 election and the struggle for its actualisation should not be limited to just annual celebration alone but should include a monument like museum where coming generations can always visit for a reflection of such an historic event as being done in more advance democracies
Speaking during a virtual webinar to commemorate the first Democracy Day in Nigeria on June 12 organised by the Lagos state government, Babafemi Ojudu himself a frontline journalist during the June 12 struggle said the idea of a museum would document the struggle, the personalities involved and be the link between that era and those coming behind
The virtual event marks 27 years since the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, widely believed to have been won by the late candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Moshood Abiola.
Ojudu said for now “the idea of a museum is to keep the memory alive and a place for younger generation to visit to learn about that period in history ”
The journalist turn politician said “we need to have an MKO Abiola or June 12 museum so that we can remind our young ones of the need to study our history and get themselves acquitted with this so they know the challenges and bearings.
“Thank God that we have the Lagos state governor and his deputy here, i am throwing this back to them..please and please let us come together and establish a museum where we can gather all of the memorabilia, all the things the younger ones can go and look at that can remind them of where we are coming from, where we are and when we intend to go”
Ojudu also believes that Lagos state being the centre of the struggle will be the most appropriate to host the museum
In his brief remark, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka spoke on the need for internal vigilance to ensure that “cynical people, we know they are there, do not manipulate the system for their own interest rather than the interest of the people”
The literary giant reminded the youths that “this is their world, they should stop being coil and unadventurous and get themselves together to wrestle power from the older generation who “have no new ideas and still living in different age from the technological age ”
The event also features remarks from Cherie Blaire, the wife of former UK prime minister, Tony Blair, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamsat, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin among others