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HEROES OF 4th REPUBLIC POLITICS & CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

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Political governance is one of the hardest of tasks. It becomes more complex given the fact that management of resources is involved. And the harnessing of human resources is the most difficult aspect of management. So many stories and so many accounts have been rendered about participants in military regimes and opposition to military rule. My appointment as Chief Press Secretary to Navy Captain Anthony Udofia (retd) was divine. I had just returned from a long trip to the United States when God located me by His grace for appointment. It was a most horrific period in Nigeria’s political history. Osun State was one of the States with very strong members of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Chief Bola Ige alone, a one man riot squad was enough to destabilize a government. Prominent activists like Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd) from Yakoyo, Prof. BolajiAkinyemi, Chief Ayo Fasanmi, Chief Bisi Akande and others were formidable personalities. They had their foot soldiers too. The academics at the Obafemi Awolowo University like Profs. Fashina, Toye Olorode and others were no less potent. In 1995, the military government organized elections into the Constituent Assembly, for a National Constitutional Conference to fashion a new constitution for Nigeria and discuss the way forward by representatives of the constituent parts of Nigeria. There had been gathering political storms that clearly showed ominous signs. Chief Adekunle Ajasin, one of Chief Obafemi’s Awolowo’s strongest associates was at the head of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural association with strong bargaining powers. He also headed the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO). Then came the time for the elections into the Constituent Assembly.  Adekunle Ajasin, in his capacity as leader of the Yoruba sent went all over, instructing all those who had signified their intention to contest elections into the Constitutional Conference to withdraw from the contest. Chief Bola Ige, also a prominent activist conveyed the Yoruba leader’s directive to NADECO members in Osun State. Some of them preferred to go ahead and contest, believing that it was better to win the elections and later withdraw, in an attempt to frustrate the programme of the Abacha regime. The Yoruba position was adopted at the palace of the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, Oba SikiruAdetona, a royal father who also played a remarkable role in his support for pro-democracy movements. Indeed, Kabiyesi, with the greatest respects, could be labelled a Royal NADECO, who was never afraid of the…

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