The president offer an apology to Abiola family

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday performed the
investiture of national honours on heroes of democracy and
tendered a national apology to the family of late Chief Moshood
Abiola, for the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election
which was adjudged to have been won by Abiola.
MKO Abiola and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe were the
candidates of Social Democratic Pary (SDP) that contested the
election in 1993.
Buhari also tendered national apologies to all those who struggled
for the actuallisation of the election, including journalists,
politicians and all other stakeholders.
The President personally presented the awards to Mr Kola Abiola,
son of MKO Abiola; Mrs Ganiat Fawehinmi, wife of late Chief Gani
Fawehinmi; and Ambassador Babagana Kingigbe, who was the
running mate to Abiola.
Buhari said as he presented the awards that the ceremony was not
to open old wounds of inexplicable annulment of the election which
was clear to have been won by MKO Abiola.
“We recognise that an error has been committed.
“We will no longer tolerate such perversion of justice.
“This honour if for the grievous injustice done to the country.
“It is meant to assist at healing the wounds and building national
reconciliation of the 25 years of wounds caused by the annulment.
“I earnestly urge Nigerians to accept it in good faith and bury the
past of June 12.
“We are celebrating June 12 as a democracy sustenance, freedom,
unity and national cohesion.
“It will impact impact positively on the next generation.
“I tender the nation’s apology to the family of MKO Abiola, Also to
those who struggle and stood for June 12.”
Buhari declared a minute silence in honour of the victims of June
12.
Mr Kola Abiola and his sister Hafsat Biola spoke on behalf of the
family of MKO Abiola, saluting Buhari for the honour done to the
gladiators of June 12 and for honouring their father.
Hafsat said “Today is important because it presents the unity of
Nigeria.

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