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#June12: I would have been happier if my brother is alive to receive the honour, says head of Abiola family

President Buhari beside MKO Abiola's first son

Muritala Abiola, the head of the Abiola Family and younger brother to the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola, has said he would have been happier if his late brother was alive to witness the honour being bestowed on him.

Abiola is being honoured on Tuesday with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) by Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria on June 12, 2018.

He said he was both sad and happy. He expressed the emotional feelings on Tuesday at the Abiola family house at Oja Agbo, Gbagura, Abeokuta.

He spoke to journalists after the state Government, led by the deputy governor, Yetunde Onanuga, and the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo adeoluwa, led the ‘Democracy Walk and Rally’ to the Abiola family house from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on Tuesday.

Islamic clerics later offered prayers for the family and for the repose of the soul of MKO Abiola.

Though he also expressed his happiness and commended President Buhari for the honour done the Abiola family, he called on the Federal Government to do more for the family.

He, however, said he was sad because his brother did not live to witness the honour being bestowed on him and that many Nigerians were still suffering, urging President Buhari to act urgently in alleviating poverty among Nigerians.