BY declaring June 12 rather than the self-serving May 29 Democracy Day, President Muhammadu Buhari made a deft move that is the political equivalent of killing two birds ( if not more) with a stone. First, he succeeded in putting right an historic wrong. Second, he was able to silence two of his most stolid critics in recent times, one of them a dogged and inveterate critic that has more or less perfected the art of criticizing every one of his successors, once he perceives his influence either rightly or wrongly as diminishing.
The point for me is clear: this latest announcement by Buhari is the right one without prejudice to the motivation for it or the right of Nigerians to vote in the way and manner their conscience leads them to in the next presidential election. The problem with most of us is that we are always too disgusted with those we disagree with as to see anything good with or in them.
In years to come when we look back at this time Buhari’s recognition of June 12 which goes beyond Abiola as its symbol may yet be his greatest contribution to the advancement of political freedom and unity among Nigerians.