We begged former presidents since 1999 to recognize our father – Abiola’s daughter thanks Buhari
Hafsat Abiola-Castelo, the daughter of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election in Nigeria, has thanked the federal government for declaring the date as the new Democracy Day in Nigeria.
Abiola-Costelo said the action of the governmenthad corrected Nigeria’s faulty democratic foundation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abiola-Castelo stated this on Thursday, June 7, in an interview in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state.
The report quoted Abiola-Castelo as describing Buhari’s action as courageous, noting that it had rooted Nigeria in the process that actually produced Nigeria’s democracy.
“What the past leaders have been telling us since 1999 was that the June 12 issue is a wouth- west issue and I wondered why an election in which vast majority of Nigerians voted for one person could be so described.
“I have been wondering over the years if Nigerian leaders are so petty and without moral compunction as to limit and confine such activity and date to regional affair,” she said.
Meanwhile, the family of late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, on Thursday, June 7, thanked the federal government for its decision to give its patriarch a national award.
The first son of the late lawyer, Mohammed Fawehinmi expressed the family’s gratitude in in Lagos, saying: “We thank the federal government for the honour ,we appreciate it and we accept it.
“We also thank the government for recognising the June 12 struggle.We thank the president for the honour,” he said adding that his late father deserved the honour having fought hard for justice and democracy while he was alive.
Mohammed dismissed the belief in some quarters that his father would have rejected the award if he was alive adding that the late legal icon rejected the OFR award once given to him because it was not deserving.
“My father would not have rejected the award. He rejected the OFR award given to him because it was not deserving,” he said.
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