Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday, 28 years after the June 12, 1993 debacle, has shared an interesting angle on the controversial issue.
Obasanjo described the election annulment as an act of ‘bad belle’ – In the metaphorical sense of Nigerian pidgin English, ‘bad belle’ stands for envy.
Obasanjo said the annulment robbed Egbaland and Ogun state the rare privilege of having three of its prominent sons occupying the number one seat at different times.
Apart from Obasanjo, Chief Ernest Shonekan, a former Head of Interim National Government is another ex-Nigerian leader from Ogun state.
He made the comment in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital shortly after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a sociocultural organisation of the Egba people.
Obasanjo was honoured alongside MKO Abiola who was awarded a posthumous vice-patron of the club.
What Obasanjo says:
“I want to thank the club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved. “If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently. “But be that as it may, we have a great heritage. And we should be proud of our heritage.”
Meanwhile, a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly skeptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country.
With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.
Some prominent leaders of thought have also expressed fear that the people’s desire for a smooth change of leadership in the 2023 general elections could be marred by violence and other forms of criminalities if left unattended to by the Buhari administration.