What may become the most candid report of the exploitative, unpatriotic and anti-democratic role played by Mr. Adams Oshiomhole during the obnoxious military rule, has been revealed by Mr. Akin Osuntekun, a reknowed columnist with THISDAY Newspaper.
In a declassified report, he authored and published in his weekly column recently, Osuntekun revealed details of how the late Gen Sani Abacha secured the services of a “Deputy President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC (at the time), who, latterly, served as a two term tenure State Governor” to convince the International community that the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election had the blessing of Nigerians.
According to Osuntekun’s eyewitness report, he was invited by German authority to help clarify the general attitude of the Nigerian public towards the annulment of the 1993 presidential election crisis.
It will be recall that the post June 12, 1993 annulment of the presidential election that was won by Moshood Kolawole Abiola, witnessed mass pro-democracy protest, especially in the South West and South South part of Nigeria.
Several unionists were arrested, including Chief Frank Kokori, former General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG). He was detained by the military due to the roles he and other individuals played in the quest to re-validate the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
Akin Osuntekun reminded his readers that his invitation by the German Government was in the month of October in the year 19994. This formed the title of his feature, ‘The October First.
“Remember this was October 1994, a year into the virulence of the Sani Abacha phenomenon.
“In somewhat extracurricular manner and beyond the ken of innocuous journalism, I was tapped and debriefed by the German authorities on two occasions.
First I was called to authenticate the case of a supposed Nigerian ‘Major General’ fleeing treason charges (attendant on being implicated in a Military coup) and seeking political asylum in Germany.
It turned out a typical case of Nigerian 419. Save the phantom one incubating in the dark recesses of Abacha’s imagination I didn’t know of any coup neither have I heard of a ‘Major General’ Lancelot Odidi. In the improbable event I might have missed out on this ‘General’ I requested to speak with him. Of course, he declined and that was the end of the gambit.
“The second occasion was an invitation from the Foreign Affairs Agency (Auswatigen Amt) to help clarify the general attitude of the Nigerian public towards the annulment of the 1993 presidential election crisis going forward.
“I subsequently learnt Nigerian labour leaders including the Deputy President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC (at the time), who, latterly, served as a two term tenure State Governor, were equally invited.
“To my shock and disbelief, the labour leader spoke more as an emissary of the military dictatorship that annulled the election rather than the representative of the Nigerian masses of which NLC was a critical constituency.
“He said the Nigerian masses were not interested in democracy so long as their economic survival and interests were guaranteed.” The author wrote.
Concluding, Osuntekun opined that Oshiomhole took advantage of the restriction on information at the event to spew unpopular statement about the political struggle of Nigerians with the military dictators.
“He could afford to speak out in this dubious manner because we were in a classified session-in which nothing could be recorded or written down, haven been divested of any recording or writing instrument (including biro) at the point of entry.
“Following this grand betrayal, my task was cut out for me. Given how fast and far this camp betrayer has ascended on the Nigerian political Ladder, his tribe has definitively thrived and prospered to the misfortune of Nigeria.” The former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, and Political Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo angrily stated.
The latest revelation is not the first time, critical stakeholders who played valuable roles in the pro democracy struggle, will expose Oshiomhole as a military apologist and an agent that frustrated Nigerians quest for democracy.
A popular journalist and lawyer, Osa Director Esq submitted that: “Oshiomhole never fought for June 12 nor defended democracy when Nigerian activists were on the streets. As a matter of fact he as deputy President of NLC and Pascal Bafyau as president issued a press release on behalf of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), supporting the annulment of June 12 presidential election by IBB”9