ABACHA ANNOUNCING ABIOLA'S ARREST AND ABIOLA'S DECLARATION SPEECH
Video of Gen. Sani Abacha Announcing MKO Abiola's Arrest, After Abiola declared himself the Democratic President of Nigeria in Epetedo area of Lagos On June 11, 1994.
On June 12, 1993, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate won the country's presidential elections with a majority of 58.36% of the total votes cast,..
This annulment caused a lot of agitation among the masses, with the perceived injustice fueling protests against the government and resulting in violence that claimed lives.
"My hope has always been to arouse whatever remnants of patriotism are left in the hearts of these thieves of your mandate,...
"All I have sought to do, in seeking dialogue with them, has been to try and get them to realise that only real ...
"However, although this peaceful approach has exposed me to severe censure by some who have mistaken it for weakness on my part,..
those with whom ...
"Instead, they have resorted to the tactics of divide and rule, bribery and political perfidy, misinformation and (vile) propaganda.
"How much longer can we tolerate all this? People of Nigeria, you are all witnesses that I have tried to climb the highest mountain, cross the ...
"There is no humiliation I have not endured, no snare that has not been put in my path, no 'setup' that has not been designed for me in my endeavour to use the path of peace ...
"It has been a long night. But the dawn is here.
"Today, people of Nigeria, I join you all in saying, "Enough is Enough!"
"We have endured 24 years of military rule in our 34 years of independence.
"Military rule has impoverished our people and introduced a dreadful trade in drugs which has made our country’s name an ...
"Even soccer fans going to watch the Green Eagles display in America are being made to suffer there needlessly because Nigeria's name is linked with credit card and fraud and '419.'
"The permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council that should be rightfully ours, is all but lost.
"Enough of military rule.
"We are sickened to see people who have shown little or no personal achievement, either in building up private businesses,...
"Enough of square pegs in round holes.
"All we can see are the consequences of this permanent game of military "about turns;" high inflation, a huge budget deficit and an enormous foreign debt repayment burden, dying industries,..
"Our youths, in particular, can see no hope on the horizon, and many can only dream of escaping from our shores to join the brain drain. Is this the Nigeria we want?
"A scarcity of books and equipment has rendered our schools into desolate deserts of ignorance.
This programme was aimed precisely at solving these economic (problems) that have demoralised us all.
""To be precise, you gave me 58.4 per cent of the popular votes ..
"I urge them to adopt a bi-partisan approach to all the issues that come before them.
"I pledge that if they hand over quietly, they will be retired with all their entitlements, and their positions will be accorded all the respect due to them.
"My Government of National Unity is the only legitimate, constituted authority in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as of now.
"Our struggle is the same as that waged by the people of South Africa, which has been successfully concluded,...
"Nelson Mandela fought to replace MINORITY rule with MAJORITY rule.
"We in Nigeria are also fighting to replace MINORITY rule,for we are ruled by only a tiny section of our armed forces.
"The only difference between South Africa and Nigeria is that those who imposed minority rule on the majority rule ...
"I call on you, heroic people of Nigeria, to emulate the actions of your brothers and sisters in South Africa and stand up as one person to throw away the yoke of minority rule for ever.
"In South Africa, so many people were arrested, during the campaign against the Pass Laws, for instance,..
"So, let it be with Nigeria.
"Let us say goodbye forever to minority rule by the military.
"People of Nigeria, our time is now. You are the repository of power in the land.
"No one can give you power. It is yours. Take it!
"God bless you all. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Long live the Government of National Unity."