June 12: Lawmaker wants Reps to thank Buhari for honouring MKO Abiola, others

June 12: Lawmaker wants Reps to thank Buhari for honouring MKO Abiola, others

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A member of the House of Representatives, representing Imeko Afon/Egbado North. State, Ogun State, Oladele Kayode, on Thursday urged his fellow lawmakers to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring presumed winner of 1993 presidential election and candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.

President Buhari honoured the late business mogul on June 6th 2018 with the nation’s highest honour.

He was honoured alongside constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi, and his running mate, Babagana Kingibe.

While Buhari bestowed the highest honour, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, in the country on Abiola, the two others got the second highest honour – Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.

Abiola was denied his purported victory by the National Electoral Commission, on the order of military president, Ibrahim Babangida.

Abiola, a Muslim candidate from the nation’s South-West region, defeated Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention. Tofa, a Muslim, is from the North-West (Kano)

The acclaimed winner was subsequently incarcerated by Babangida’s successor, General Sani Abacha.

Abiola died in suspicious circumstances shortly after the death of Abacha, on the day that he was due to be released. He died on 7th July 1998.

There have been agitations since then that Nigeria’s Democracy Day be celebrated on June 12, against the May 29 which President Buhari cancelled on June 6, 2018. Nigeria returned to democratic government on May 29, 1999.

While successive governments, including Abiola’s kinsman, Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled for eight years between 1999 and 2007 failed to honour him post-homously, president Buhari announced his honour on June 6th 2018.

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