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- Published on Monday, 14 June 2010 00:40
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The Nigeria People’s Parliament in Diaspora unanimously passed a resolution at the weekend, asking the Federal Government to prosecute Babangida and ban him from holding public office for annulling the June 12 election.
The parliament, which first convened in March, passed the resolutions during its second plenary session held at the Bailey Theater Hall of the LaGuardia Crowne Plaza in the Queens District of New York. The Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum convened the parliament.
The resolutions followed several motions moved by some of the over 80 parliamentarians at the session.
Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Saharareporters.com said:
"We must ensure that we find out from Babangida before he dies why he was so cowardly and those people who put a gun to his head to annul that election must be identified; they must be scrutinised, interrogated and appropriately punished."
Sowore said Babangida should be banned from politics and public life. Besides, he should be arrested and tried for annulling the democratic aspiration of 150 million people, he said, adding that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should probe the corruption allegations against him.
Another member of the parliament, Olusegun Dare, said: "We should make a motion here, declaring him as enemy of progress, enemy of democracy and enemy of Nigeria."
The motions were put to vote and passed unanimously.
Alex Kabba, the publisher of Africans Abroad-USA, a New York newspaper, moved a motion for the recognition of those who fought fearlessly for democracy during the 1993 election.
On the list are the late Chief Abiola, his wife, the late Kudirat, the late Chief Alfred Rewane, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, the late Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, the late Captain Fred Agbeyegbe, several journalists and many Nigerians who were killed, injured or harassed.
The democracy heroes still alive, who should be honoured, according to Kabba, include former Lagos Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) chieftain General Alani Akinrinade and elderstatesman Chief Anthony Enahoro, among others.
"All these people should be given recognition on June 12 in their respective localities. This could be by naming schools after them or roads or streets," Kabba said.