Abdulmumuni , son of the late Chief MKO Abiola, has bemoaned the lack of progress in the country since 1993 .
Speaking on the June 12 ( Democracy Day) the late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola ’ s son lamented that the education and health sectors had collapsed .
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed into law the Public Holiday ( Amendment) Bill , making June 12 a public holiday in the country.
It also becomes the country’ s official Democracy Day, replacing May 29 , which hitherto was a public holiday .
The President took the decision to honour the presumed winner of the June 12 , 1993 presidential election , MKO Abiola .
But Abdulmumuni said June 12 should be a day of national sober reflection for Nigerians as the “ people are getting poorer and the poverty rate is increasing ” .
Abdulmumuni , who was at the National Centre for Women Development in Abuja on Monday to receive an award on behalf of his late mother , who was inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame alongside 21 others , said , “ The recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day will get people thinking.
“ I don’ t think it should be a day of celebration. It should be a day of reflection of where we are as a country and where we are going . It is important that we should know that for the decisions we make today , there are consequences .
“ This is because those who made the decisions to truncate the Nigerian people ’ s yearning for democracy in 1993 would now see that sometimes when you make certain decisions , you must see the consequences .
“ The country is worse off than it was in 1993 . My father was trying to address certain issues like poverty eradication and free education . But what is going on in the country now ? The education system is dilapidated . The health care system is nothing . People are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. The poverty rate is increasing . I think the idea is that June 12 should be a day of reflection and I believe we can get out of this situation . ”
The Director – General of the NCWD , Mrs Mary Ekpere- Eta , said the objective of the induction was “ to showcase the unique and immense productive capacities of Nigerian women and make their achievements more visible in national development records ” .
The late Dr Stella Adadevoh , Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Senator Binta Garba and Mrs Folorunsho Alakija were among the inductees .