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Abiola will change his position in the grave rejoicing because of June 12 declaration, says Methodist Archbishop

President Muhamamdu Buhari presents the GCFR award to Abiola's eldest son.

The Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, Oche Job, says the declaration of June 12 as a Democracy Day in Nigeria is justice done to the late Moshood Abiola.

He stated this on Tuesday in an interview with NAN in Abuja.

President Buhari had, last week, declared June 12, as the country’s Democracy Day in place of May 29 which had been celebrated for 18 years.

The declaration was in recognition of June 12, 1993 Presidential Election believed to have been won by late Moshood Abiola.

According to the clergyman, where Abiola is lying now, if his spirit is there, he will change his position rejoicing.

“Look, he gave his life that the nation will stand. We must agree that Abiola, apart from being a generous man, a well-to-do, blessed by God, that he wanted to rule the nation and bring it to a level that every one of us will appreciate.

“Unfortunately, he nearly won the election, because they didn’t allow Humphrey Nwosu to declare him the winner. Immediately the counting was going on and everybody was glued to the television set, all of a sudden, Babangida came on board and said nothing is going to be announced.

“So Abiola wherever he is right now, he will be rejoicing that justice has been done; and his relations the same because his wife also died that way.

“The same course of pursuing righteousness for the nation, this man lost his life. Wherever he is right now, his spirit will be rejoicing,” he said.

He said although former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, went contrary to the law in annulling the election, he would not blame him because Military blood flows in his vein.

“And so if you are looking for somebody to blame, I am not part of it. I don’t blame Babangida for behaving the way he did because he was a soldier and neither do I blame Buhari the way he behaves because he has a solider blood in his vein,” he said.

The archbishop said the two lessons Nigerians could draw from the June 12 declaration was to keep Military rule at bay and ensure a free and fair election not only in 2019 but at all times.