|published, June. 13.2019|7:35

Democracy Day: Why Prof Humphrey Nwosu's Name Was Excluded From The List of Democracy Heroes In Nigeria!


Nigeria’s Democracy Day is a public holiday to commemorate the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Democracy day is a day that has been set aside for us to reflect on the activities of the government and its leaders and how much they have been able to promote the rule of law and continue the act of good governance as laid down by the heroes of this Nation who fought for the return of democracy after years of Authoritarian regime.

Has President Mohammadu Buhari really embraced democracy? In so many occasions, President Buhari and the APC-led administration has perfected its plans to truncate Nigeria’s democracy following the allegation of false declaration of asset against the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The false declaration of asset charges levelled against Onnoghen showed that the federal government under the watch of President Muhammadu has orchestrated the destruction of democracy in Nigeria.

On the 6th of June 2018, Buhari declared 12th of June the new democracy day. He also honoured MKO Abiola and Gani Fawehinmi post humouredly. Babagana Kingibe was equally honoured. These were great men of repute, and I don't have any objection about their being honoured. To say the least, they deserve to be honoured for their contributions in building the nation, if at all we've built any.

But let me ask these questions. Why was this day declared the democracy day? Did Abiola die on this day? Or did Fawehinmi die on this day? What did Kingibe do on this day? Let me try and answer these questions. Neither Abiola nor Fawehinmi died on this day. Abiola and Kingibe were only participants in the election conducted on that day. But I guess this was not what made this day a democracy day for if it is, Toga would have been honoured too.

What made 12th June different from 23rd February 2019 and indeed all other presidential elections in this country? The answer to this question is definitely why this day is regarded as genuine democracy day. If you've not gotten the answer to the question, it is the day the freest and fairest election was conducted in this country. What baffles me is how the participants in this election were honoured but the person who conducted the election was ignored.
I am talking of Professor Humphrey Nwosu. I'm left with no other option but to believe he was ignored because he was an Igbo man. If he were to be Professor Attahiru Jega or Professor Mahmood Yakubu, he would have been honoured. This is one of the reasons why the Igbos feel that they are not wanted in Nigeria, hence the agitation for secession.

With this type of treatment, surely this country will divide. It is a matter of time. Yugoslavia broke into different countries. Eritrea broke away from Ethiopia. Czech Republic broke away from Czechoslovakia. And more recently, South Sudan broke away from Sudan. Professor Humphrey Nwosu’s name was excluded from the lists of names honoured on the Nigeria’s Democracy Day simply because he is an Igbo man. This write - up is completely how I feel. Any contrary view is welcome.

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  1. Let CNN carry news about Biafra,it will be more honourable even if BBC won't.Biafra is the hope liberty for the peoples of Nigeria


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