We are happy IBB is alive to witness Buhari’s declaration on June 12 – What lawcreaters say about award for Abiola
– The lawmakers says Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration in favour of Abiola is a defeat to Obasanjo
– The lawmakers commend Nigerians and Asiwaju Tinubu for continuing with the struggle to recognise Abiola
– They also take a swipe at the PDP for not doing what they think was the needful
The speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, and some members of the legislative chamber have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring the late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
In separate statements and discussions with , some of the lawmakers said they were happy that Buhari finally recognized June 12, 1993, presidential election and its acclaimed winner winner.
They also took a swipe at some of those they think had a hand in the annulment of the election considered as the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria.
Thank God APC has done the needful- Mudashiru Obasa
Through a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Musbau Rasak, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa hailed the declaration of June 12, as the new democracy day for Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Obasa also praised Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his pioneering efforts at making the declaration a reality. Tinubu was the first Governor to declare June 12 as a public holiday for workers which was observed throughout his eight year tenure.
“This declaration has vindicated the belief and agitation of the progressives that June 12 should be the authentic democracy day because it was the day that Nigeria had the freest, fairest and most peaceful election in the country.
“It was June 12, that gave birth to what we are enjoying today as democracy but for 16 years, the People Democratic Party (PDP) government at the centre failed to recognise this epoch-making event.
“Thank God, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has right the wrong and I want to congratulate the president, his vice, the APC and Nigerians in general for this honour on the martyr of Nigeria’s democracy, Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu deserves special praise for his commitment to rule of law and justice, moreso his belief in the sanctity of the June 12, mandate and the entire struggle for democracy which culminated in the present democratic dispensation.
“And don’t forget that it was Asiwaju that named the press centre at Alausa secretariat after the late Bagauda Kaltho, the News magazine correspondent killed by the Abacha junta during the struggle for democracy.
“Therefore our leader also deserves special commendation for his pioneering efforts at getting official recognition for June 12, Chief MKO Abiola and other icons of democratic struggle in the country,” Obasa said.
I’m Happy IBB is Alive to Witness Buhari’s Declaration on June 12 – Olusegun Olulade
Hon Segun Olulade representing Epe constituency 2 expressed joy at the declaration by President Buhari which affirmed June 12 as the real democracy day and conferment of the highest honour in the land, GCFR on the Late Moshood Abiola.
Olulade also expressed delight about the fact that former head of states, Ibrahim Babangida, is still alive to witness history affirms what he upturned 25 years after.
“President Olusegun Obasanjo was the biggest beneficiary of the June 12 struggle that paved way for consensus of the military cabal’s resolution to allow a Yoruba man become president in order to avoid imminent collapse of the nation then, but he failed to recognise Abiola’s sacrifice and thus ignored the history.
“The decision by the Buhari’s administration to confer the highest honour of the land posthumously on late Abiola will never be forgotten in the history of Nigeria. This is a heroic feat that PDP led government failed to achieve in its entire 16 years in power,” he said.
He commended President Buhari for his courage and selflessness, pointing out that this singular act affirms his victory for another term seems which is non-negotiable.
He maintained that all leaders who have attained exalted position of head of state or president in Nigeria after the June 12 debacle simply decided to walk down the lesser glory side of Nigeria’s democratic history.
Olulade also stated that it was not arguable that a glorious man would one day recognise the popular wish of Nigerians as expressed on June 12, 1993, acknowledge the truth behind such historical legacy and be humble enough to do justice to the immortalisation of the chief actor whose blood became the bedrock upon which Nigeria’s democracy stands today.
He, however, congratulated Nigerians, the families of Late MKO Abiola, the civil society groups who fought tirelessly to ensure June 12 was recognised, students and youth movements, the women group and all activists who are still alive to witness the victory of democracy by this historical declaration of June 12 as rightful democracy day in Nigeria by the Muhammadu Buhari led government.
He added that history will not forget those who lost their lives in the struggle for the actualisation of June 12 mandate.
It is a defeat for Obasanjo – Jimoh
The deputy leader of the of the House, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, declared that the pronouncement by President Muhammadu Buhari is a defeat for Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who had the opportunity to honour Abiola judging from how he emerged in 1999.
Jimoh noted that Obasanjo’s emergence as president was on the back of the struggle by Abiola and many other Nigerians who staked their lives for democracy.
“We have been expecting this for so long because we that to get a Nigeria that we give birth to what we want, June 12, must be seen as the democracy day.
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“We thank those collectively struggled during the June 12 era. It was a revolution. I am highly elated.
“That was what President Olusegun Obasanjo refused to recognize in the eight years that he ruled between 1999 and 2017. I am happy that a lot of rights activists who are still alive and witnessed the pronouncement from the president will rejoice.
“Even those who have gone and are in heaven would rejoice too. Gani Fawehinmi was given his due honour too.
“For those saying Buhari did it to win southwest votes, I don’t think it is true. If he did not make the pronouncement, it does not stop him from coming back if Nigerians want him,” he told from Saudi Arabia.
It is victory for democracy, Tinubu – Egberongbe
On his part, Mufutau Egberongbe, a former lawmaker and current special adviser to the speaker on political matters, congratulated the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for championing the struggle to recognize Abiola.
According to him, Tinubu ensured that throughout his eight years as governor, he continued to celebrate Abiola declaring public holidays in his honour.
He also thanked other Nigerians who risked their lives during the battle for democracy while Abiola was in jail.
Egberongbe said he was happy that his party was able to do the needful adding that posterity will never forget this proclamation.
“Asiwjaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been vindicated again with the declaration by the federal government that June 12 be recognised as democracy day.
“You recalled that he was the first to declare June 12 a public holiday when he was governor of Lagos state.
“His knack for reflective thinking and one who sees a path where others saw a dead end has been brought to bear by this singular pronouncement.