Renowned labour leader, Frank Kokori, has said that Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria is the least person expected to honour late MKO Abiola, the prssumed winner of the June 12, 1993 election, but that honouring him had confirmed that he (Buhari) had a great soul.
Kokori said this on Tuesday while giving his goodwill message at the posthumous investiture of Abiola, his running mate, Babagana Kingibe and human right activist, late Gani Fawehinmi in Abuja.
“If this is coming 25 years later, it means one day your country will remember you because some of us felt “what sort of country is this?’’ when we came out of Abacha’s gulag and were not recognised.
“Like my personal experience as one of the most famous prisoners of conscience in the world, I saw that my country did not even appreciate the four years I spent in one of the worst cells in the world.’’
Also speaking, former Ogun Governor, Olusegun Osoba, expressed gratitude to the President for recognizing June 12, and described his apology to the nation and Abiola’s family as “the greatest joker’’.
Osoba urged him to do more by building on the larger indications of the June 12 elections by implementing sustainable development.
“We are prepared to march behind you on any legacy you want to construct on the foundation that you have laid,’’ Osoba promised.
A former Speaker of House of Representatives, Agunwa Anekwe, said the honour was not just on late Abiola but on every Nigerian who died in the struggle for June 12.
He said that June 12 had been troubling the nation for long but that Buhari had put the struggle to rest.
Anekwe noted that the President had tried in the fight against Boko Haram, but urged him to give more attention to addressing security challenge in the country.