17 YEARS AGO, the elections, then and now adjudged to be the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria, were annulled. That was the June 12 presidential election that Chief Moshood Abiola was widely believed to have won, and which those who conducted it have now come out openly to say he won. Many people have come out with stories of what happened, with the advantage of amending the storyline to suit the mood of the present. But there was a publication in 1993 whose circulation was restricted to policy-makers. That publication is out of print and we have only the library copy. The question of doctoring it to make any point, popular or not, does not therefore arise. For the record, and for those who are now old enough to know what we of that time did to make or mar Nigeria, their country, we are serialising that book entitled, Experiment With Disintegration.
Why are we doing this? We are doing this to present a picture of a country which was in tumult, threatened by vested interests that did not seem to be aware that the crescent is not and can never be the full moon. They took a stand, stood there unyielding, unaware that they had a country to live in, a country which is also home to its more than 350 nationality groups but in which each group claims a share of a national cake that it is unwilling to be a part of baking.
Unless the unexpected happens, like Kaita of the Super Eagles kicking a Greek player outside the field in the Group B qualifying world cup match on June 17, 2010, for seemingly unexplainable reasons and therefore earning a red card, there seems to be hope that everyone in Nigeria wants to work for Nigeria to earn kudos for conducting credible elections in 2011. The one on whose head, back and shoulders the load is strapped is Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. As President he says he will give Nigeria free and fair elections! Most of us will say we have heard all this before. But President Jonathan needs help, from whatever source.
And that help can come when we lay before him all there is to know that had derailed the train of sanity we are entitled to ride to the destination that is security, stability and prosperity. Everyone must help stock the armoury. The publication, Experiment With Disintegration by Tony Momoh, containing blow- by blow accounts and analyses of the battle for June 12, 1993, written as the battle raged and published in 1993 is the contribution we are making on this website. Come and see things for yourself. You will be happy you did.