By Ime Silas
The Beko Ransome-Kuti Memorial Committee has called on the federal government of Nigeria to honour the late Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti and other present departed Civil Society champions by finding lasting solution to the lingering security challenges in the country.
This call was part of press release dated February 10, 2021, and signed by Comrade AWA Bamiji, Secretary, Beko Ransome- Kuti Memorial Committee. The committee which will be marking the 15th year of the crusader’s passage, also acknowledged efforts of other champions of democracy who are still advocating for the enthronement of people-oriented government in every facet of Nigerian society.
The release states thus “Today, Wednesday, 10 February, 2021, marks the 15th year anniversary of the demise of Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti. His legacies still live on.
His quotable quote…”the kind of People we have in power today are very ruthless People who care less about the ordinary Citizen…we must struggle to take our right place”.
“15th year after death but we, his class of teeming followers, bulk of which are Nigerian Youths and Students, are not happy at all with the security situation in Nigeria.
“He and his close Coallegues in the Civil Society Organisations, like Prof Wole Soyinka, Chief Anthony Enahoro; Senator Abraham Adesanya; Chief Bola Ige; Alhaji Balarabe Musa; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Chief Bisi Akande; General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd); Chief Segun Osoba; Comrade Ola Oni; Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN; Senator Biyi Durojaiye; Barrister Aka Bashorun, SAN.
“Others are: Barrister Femi Falana, SAN; Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu; Comrade Alfred Ilenre; Baba Omojola, Comrade Ayo Oladokun and several others in conjunction with with us, the foot Soldiers, fought the military Juntas to standstill for the Nation to have its democracy in 1999 but surely, 22 years after, this is not Nigeria of our collective dream.
“It is on this note, we are calling on the Federal Government to honour Dr Beko Ransome Kuti and notable others in the Nigerian Civil Society Organisations, that have left this sinful World by stemming the tide of insecurity in the Land.This is the only way in which it can regain its dwindling image before the Nigerian masses.
We, their ardent Supporters, will not rest on our Oars until the dreams of these Heroes of Democracy are actualised. Aluta Continua! Adieu, the People’s Advocate!”