June 12: Buhari tenders apology to Abiola’s family

President Buhari presenting the the insignia to Kola Abiola, edldest son of late MKO Abiola

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has apologized to the family of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections, Chief MKO Abiola, over the annulment of the election by the General Ibrahim Babangida administration, reports say.

Buhari made the apology on Tuesday, in Abuja during the presentation of awards and Special National Honours Investiture to heroes of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

According to the President, the occasion was meant to bury negative sides of June 12 and its ill-feelings, hatred, frustrations and agony.

His words: “I honestly invite all Nigerians across all our national divides to accept it in good faith. Our action today is to bury the negative sides of June 12, the side of ill feelings, hates, frustration and agony.

“What we are doing is celebrating and appreciating the positive sides of June 12.

“The June 12, which reinstated democracy and freedom, the June 12, that overcame our various divides and the June 12, that produced unity and national cohesion.

“This is the June 12, we are celebrating today and we will nurture it to our next generation

“Accordingly, on behalf of the Federal Government, I tender the nation’s apology to the family of late MKO Abiola who got the highest votes and to those that lost their loved ones in the course of June 12 struggle,’’ President Buhari said.

Meanwhile, Kola, the eldest son of late Chief MKO Abiola, received the national honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on behalf of his late father.

President Muhammadu Buhari presented the insignia to him after the citation of the late politician was read to guests at the event.

He thereafter requested for a minute silence in honour of late Chief MKO Abiola and those that lost their lives in the struggle of June 12.

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