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It was a lapse on the part of Obasanjo, others no to honour Abiola, says former Aide

Akin Osuntokun

Akin Osuntokun, a former Political Adviser to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that the failure of the previous Administration to honour the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential election, MKO Abiola, was a lapse.

Osuntokun stated this on Monday while appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast show which aired on Channels Television.

“Personally, I think that it was a lapse on the former president’s part that they didn’t honour Abiola,” he said.

Osuntokun, who also served as the Director General of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during Obasanjo’s Administration, believes that the June 12 should not be trivialized by the actions or inactions of some individuals.

The former Presidential Aide also faulted the remark made by President Buhari during an interview in 1999 on the late Abiola.

“Anybody who wanted to rehabilitate June 12, you do not then reduce it. You are trivializing it by one person’s deeds.

“Look, we are seeing all these. This same President Buhari in 1998 granted an interview where he was asked about Abiola’s plight. He said do you expect me to have any sympathy for somebody who financed the coup that took me out of office.”