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Declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by Buhari was to polish his ambition for the 2019 elections, says NEC Chairman

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But the National Chairman of the Northern Elders Council (NEC), Tanko Yakasai , has said that Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, had never spoken in favour of the June 1993 Presidential poll won by MKO Abiola.

Buhari had announced June 12 Democracy Day in honour of the late Abiola.

Yakasai , who stated this in an interview with Punch said Buhari was taking Nigerians for zombies by hiding his real motives behind the award of national honours for Abiola. Kingibe and Fawehinmi .

Yakasai said the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by Buhari was to polish his ambition for the 2019 elections , noting that the President never uttered any word of sympathy or support for Abiola’ s cause since the annulled 1993 elections.

“What Buhari has done is what is called political gimmickry. What Abiola, Kingibe and their supporters are looking for is the actual declaration of that election and Buhari is in the position to do that. It is not about giving money or titles or awards.

“Many of us Nigerians seem to be like zombies. We are people who don’t use our brains. People, including Buhari, are now taking Nigerians as zombies.

“Awarding a national honour to compensate Abiola, Kingibe and their supporters is not enough.

“What the President should have done, like some have also suggested, is to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission to look for the figures of the 1993 elections and formally announce the results and the winner accordingly.”