‘Our action today is to bury the negative side of June 12’ and 7 other things Buhari said during Abiola’s honour
Twenty five years after the annulment of Nigeria’s freest and fairest election, which took place on June 12, 1993, President Muhammadu Buhari has honoured the winner of the election, MKO Abiola.
The president honoured the late Abiola with the highest national honour in the country, Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
highlights 8 key points President Buhari made during his speech at the event on Tuesday, June 12.
Below are the 8 key points Buhari made:
1. Nigerians voted for MKO Abiola and his running mate in 1993
President Muhammadu Buhari notes that despite their religious and ethnic difference, Nigerians of all walks of life cast their votes for the candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, during the June 12, 1993 election. The election which is still regarded as the freest and fairest in the country.
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2. General Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election when it was clear that Abiola won it
The president noted that even though election was said to be free and fair, the then military president, General Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election.
3. Nigerians will no longer tolerate perv*rsion of justice
The president declares that Nigerians will no longer tolerate perv*rsion of justice.
4. Our decision to recognise June 12 is in national interest
President Buhari said that the federal government’s decision to recognise June 12 as Democracy Day is in national interest.
5. Our action today is to bury the negative side of June 12
He also noted that by virtue of recognising June 12 as Democracy Day and honouring MKO Abiola, the country has buried the negative side of that historic election of 1993.
6. What we are doing today is celebrating June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day and freedom
President Buhari Abiola’s investiture is a celebration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day and the country’s freedom.
7. June 12 produced unity among Nigerians
The president noted that June 12 produced unity among Nigerians. This is because Nigerians were united in one voice on June 12, 1993 when they gave their mandate to Abiola
8. On behalf of the federal government, I tender a national apology to MKO Abiola
Finally, the president tendered an apology to the Abiola family for the annulment of the election by General Ibrahim Babangida. The is the first apology since the mandate was denied Abiola.