FORWARD TO THE PAST: Echoes of June 12 and MKO Abiola as pivots in Nigeria’s developing democracy’

by Segun Fajemisin


‘FORWARD TO THE PAST: Echoes of June 12 and MKO Abiola as pivots in Nigeria’s developing democracy’ highlights the events leading to one of the biggest landmarks in Nigeria’s political development.

The June 12 1993 presidential election and the events following its annulment by the Ibrahim Babangida-led military junta remain significantly relevant in our narrative. Pivotal to the political trajectory is the role of MKO Abiola as the symbol of the struggles that ensued following the ignominious truncation of an election adjudged fairest and most peaceful by Nigerians as well as the international community.

It offers poignant insight into the political life and times of MKO from his grand entry into the political scene to his unique campaign strategies, his speeches, interviews and theatrics laced with appetising humour and colourful dress sense.

Arrested and detained for exhibiting uncommon courage and refusing outrightly to renounce his mandate, MKO Abiola was incarcerated for about four years and eventually died while still in detention in 1998.

The book highlights the contributions of Nigerians, at home and abroad, to sustain democracy. It is intended for general readership and as a handy tool of historical reference. It should also make a great addition to political documentations, valuable to historians, politicians, scholars, book collectors and researchers all over the world.



The Author, Paul Olorih

Paul Olorih, the journalist and public affairs analyst, has cognate experience in various sections of the mass media. An indigene of Ugheli in Delta State, Nigeria, Paul is an alumnus of Nigeria’s premier citadel of higher learning, the University of Ibadan.

He has worked at various times at Federal Government Press, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Lagos and as the editor of Focus Magazine, published from the United Kingdom.

Aside his vast experience in editing and contributing to national news and entertainment journals, he also had a stint as a co-presenter on television and was National Programme Officer for the Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organisations (NNNGO) and GirlWatch.

Paul is author of two published books, Africa’s Kindergarten Democracy and Trials and Triumph of the Girl Child.

Aside spending time with his family, he enjoys writing, travelling, music, and football.

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