|Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola|
June 12 is still fresh in the minds of Nigeria as late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola the presumed winner of the June 12th, 1993 presidential election,Nigerians has called on the Federal Government to declare him the winner and pay presidential entitlements to his family.
The event, which was organised by Lagos state in LTV Blue house in Alausa Ikeja and ogun state government, started with a Democracy Walk from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta to the Oke Ido ancestral home of the Abiolas.
Muritala, who is the younger brother of the late business mogul, said he deserved the entitlement for dying for the enthronement of democracy in the country.
“First, we want the Federal Government to declare June 12 as Democracy Day. It should do even more than that.
Ken Saro Wiwa died fighting over Ogoni oil spillage, the Federal Government is doing the cleaning up of the oil spillage in Ogoni land.
MKO was killed because of an election he won maybe it is you journalists or the Nigerian government calling him acclaimed winner.
He is not acclaimed winner, they should confirm him as slain president of Nigeria.
MKO should be declared president. Although slain, all the entitlements belong to the family,” he said.
Murtala, however, thanked the state government for keeping the memory of the late Abiola alive by staging a Democracy Walk in the last five years.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, in his speech, said that everyone knew that late MKO Abiola was the adjudged winner of the June 12th, 1993 presidential election.
Amosun, who was represented by the deputy governor, Yetunde Onanuga, described him as the hero of the nation’s current democracy.
“We have been organising the Democracy Walk and identifying with the Abiola family for the past five years that this administration has been in government. He was a philanthropist and the hero of our current democracy,” he added.
Here are fact you should know about June 12 Abiola Day.
The election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, because of alleged evidence that they were corrupt and unfair, a development that ushered in a political crisis that led to General Sani Abacha seizing power later that year.
In 1994, Abiola declared himself the lawful president of Nigeria in the Epetedo area of Lagos island, an area mainly dominated by Lagos Indigenes, after he returned from a trip to solicit the support of the international community for his mandate. After declaring himself president he was declared wanted and was accused of treason and arrested on the orders of military President General Sani Abacha, who sent 200 police vehicles to bring him into custody.
Abiola died on July 7, 1998 on the day he was due to be released from incarceration under suspicious circumstances shortly after the death of General Abacha. The official autopsy stated that Abiola died of natural causes, but Abacha’s chief security officer, Al-Mustapha alleged he was beaten to death.
The election was declared Nigeria’s freest and fairest presidential election by national and international observers, with Abiola even winning in his Northern opponent’s home state.
June 12 is thus a day to remember chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola as well as other democracy martyrs.
Source : NAN