Published On: Fri, Jul 8th, 2016


555Lagos—The family of the Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to punish those involved in the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election to reflect his past claim that the annulment was a crime against the country. MKO The family spoke as friends, family, and associates of the late business mogul converged at his Ikeja, Lagos home to commemorate the 18th anniversary of his death at the age of 61. Abiola, arguably the symbol of the country’s agitation for democratic rule, died on July 7, 1998, while on the verge of freedom after four years in custody of the administration of the late Gen. Sani Abacha. He contested and was believed to have won by a landslide the June 12, 1993, presidential election, which though largely believed to have been free and fair, was eventually annulled by the military government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangia (retd). Abiola’s agitation for the de-annulment, even after the enthronement of the Sani Abacha regime led to his incarceration by the military regime. He died a month after the death of Abacha. As part of the anniversary to remember Abiola, who would have been 79 next month, the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, organised a walk around and a wreath laying ceremony in the sprawling Ikeja residence of the late billionaire businessman and politician. Among those who honoured him during a street procession to mark the 18th anniversary of his death, were the chairman of defunct National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu  (retd), President of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Mr. Alfred Agbeyegbe, Executive Director Gender and Development Action, Ms Ada Agina-Ude, CEO, Humanity Services Project,  Linus Okoroje and Amb. Ayo Badmos. Also present were two of the children of the late businessman, Alhaji Abdulmumini Abiola and Alhaji Jamiu Abiola. Jamiu, on behalf of the family asked President Buhari to put action to his declaration that the annulment of the election was a crime by putting machinery in process to punish those involved. Speaking at the remembrance yesterday, Kanu urged Nigerians to put the nation’s unity above every other thing especially in the difficult times the country was passing through.

MEMBERS OF WOMEN ARISE AND KUDIRAT INITIATIVE FOR DEMOCRACY DURING THE LAYING OF WREATH AT THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 18TH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE MOSHOOD ABIOLA IN LAGOS ON THURSDAY .  “For a country who wanted to become a nation-state, unity is not geography. It starts from sense of belonging of different people there. And it was the sense of belonging that brought the unity that produced MKO Abiola because people voted for him from all parts of the country. “Today, we are having a situation where people have less sense of belonging. Our unity is not to do MKO any favour but if we want a nation-state Nigeria, we must go back and do justice. If we don’t; there is no running away from it. All those who work against injustice in any shade or form must know that if our country does not become a nation-state, they caused it,” he said. Dr. Joe-Okei-Odumakin on her part, tasked the Buhari administration to initiate a judicial investigation into the death of the late Abiola. According to her: “President Abiola displayed uncommon courage, unparallel dignity and unusual candor in defence of the mandate reposed in him by change seeking Nigerians who trooped out to vote for him in 1993 and engaged all the illegal regimes that held sway while the legal president languished in jail.”

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