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Buhari apologises to MKO Abiola’s Family over June 12 election annulment

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The President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has wholehearted tendered apology to the MKO Abiola’s family on behalf of Government of Nigeria over June 12 election annulment. The president also officially presented the title, Grand Commander Of the Federal Republic on MKO Abiola.

Buhari apologises to MKO Abiola’s Family on his speech at the official ceremony of the awards of GCFR to Abiola and others after 25 years.

Buhari apologises to MKO Abiola’s Family

In his speech, “On behalf of the Federal Government, I tender the nation’s apology to the family of late MKO Abiola, who got the highest vote [in the election], and to those that lost their loved ones in the course of the June 12 struggle,” President Buhari said before getting guests to observe a minute’s silence in honour of those who died.

The decision to honour MKO Abiola and to declare June 12 Democracy Day followed years of clamour by the activists, statesmen, groups as well as the family, associates, friends, of the late businessman and politician.

And President Buhari believes it is important for Nigerians to accept the decision “in good faith” and help the nation move forward.

“We cannot rewind the past but we can at least assuage our feelings, recognise that a wrong has been committed and resolve to stand firm now and ease the future for the sanctity of free elections,” he said.

“Nigerians will no longer tolerate such perversion of justice. This retrospective and posthumous recognition is only a symbolic token of redress and recompense for the grievous injury done to the peace and unity of our country.”

The decision to honour MKO Abiola and to declare June 12 Democracy Day followed years of clamour by the activists, statesmen, groups as well as the family, associates, friends, of the late businessman and politician.

And President Buhari believes it is important for Nigerians to accept the decision “in good faith” and help the nation move forward.

“We cannot rewind the past but we can at least assuage our feelings, recognise that a wrong has been committed and resolve to stand firm now and ease the future for the sanctity of free elections,” he said.

“Nigerians will no longer tolerate such perversion of justice. This retrospective and posthumous recognition is only a symbolic token of redress and recompense for the grievous injury done to the peace and unity of our country.”

This is coming after 25 years MKO Abiola won the 1993 presidential election. The president has formally conferred the title of Grand Commander Order of the Niger on human rights activist, philanthropist and democracy hero, Gani Fawehinmi.

Buhari apologises to MKO Abiola’s Family and most of the speakers on the event accolade the president for showing so much concern.

 

 

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