June 12: President Buhari Apologises To Abiola’s Family
Posted On Jun 12, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday apologised on behalf of the federal government and people of Nigeria to the family of late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, who won the June 12 presidential election on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, but annulled by then Military President Ibrahim Babangida.
He tendered the unreserved apology at the investiture ceremony of the conferment of national honours of GCFR on Abiola, GCON on his running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and GCON on late Gani Fawehinmi, at the State House, Abuja.
“I tender the nation’s apology to the family of late MKO Abiola and others who lost their lives,” President Buhari had said in an emotion-ladden voice.
He also called on the ‘August Audience’ to observe a minute silence in honour of Abiola, Fawehinmi and other pro-democracy activists who died during the struggle for the actualisation of the June 12 struggle.
Mr Buhari, said the historic occasion was not meant to open wounds but to “right the wrong”, warning that ” Nigerians will no longer tolerate such pervasion of Justice.”
According to him, the decision to recognise and honour heroes of June 12 struggle is in the nation’s interest as well as set the stage for true reconciliation.