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June 12: Buhari officially honours Abiola, others, MKO’s family grateful

President Muhahammadu Buhari formally performed the investiture of the national honours give to the late Chief MKO Abiola, winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, and his running mate and vice presidential candidate, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, as well as the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

President Buhari, only a few days ago, announced the highest national honours of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on Abiola and Grand Commander of Nigeria, GCON, on Kingibe and Fawehinmi. Buhari also shifted Demcracy Day from May 29 to June 12 as part of the honour of the pro-democracy activists.

Tne ceremony, which took place at the Aso Villa Cinference Hall on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 18 years after the death of Abiola, was attended by members of the Abiola family, including Kola Abiola and Hafsat Abiola-Costello. Indeed, the family head, Kola Abiola, asked Hafsat Abiola to speak on behalf of the family, who expressed gratitude to President Buhari for the honour done to Abiola.

According to her, the President’s gesture has finally reconciled the misgivings of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election adjudged locally and internationally as the ‘freest and fairest’ in the country’s political history.

The ceremony was witnessed by ministers, other top government functionaries and eminent politicians.

Among dignitaries earlier slated to speak at the historic occasion were former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Segun Osoba, Frank Kokori, Fidelis Tapgun, Ayo Obe, Bayo Onanuga and the Director-General f Abiol’s Campaign machine, Hope ’93,  Jonathan Zwingina.