– Senate backs Buhari on MKO, June 12
– Buhari gazettes the Executive Order
– Fayose backs Buhari for once
The first-ever federal government of Nigeria’s positive action over the controversial June 12 Saga has attracted huge applause and support. MKO Abiola, now late, won the June 12 1983 election but it was annulled half way. He died fighting for its revalidation. The struggle threw up leaders such as Asiwaju Tinubu who is now a leader in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
President Muhammadu Buhari, though a military man, has recognized that Abiola won the eletion and has declared that day as a milestone in Nigeria’s democratic journey. This is something that Abiola’s kinsman, Olusegun Obasanjo did not do in eight years as president even when he was selected to pacify the Yoruba nation. Goodluck Jonathan, another southerner, did not do it. Now, a northerner and military brass has done it.
Unlike their colleagues in the House of Representatives, members of the Senate Thursday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to honour the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election, Late Bashorun MKO Abiola and his running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe.
At the plenary, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, commended the decision and said the honour was a well-deserved one and long overdue.
Aside supporting the announcement, some Senators who contributed urged President Buhari to take a step further by declaring June 12 a National holiday.
In what could be considered as the peak of their demand, Senators requested Mr. President to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to announce the results of the election; declare the winner – late Abiola and his running-mate Amb. Kingibe as the President and Vice-President respectively and follow it up by approving the payment of their entitlements which ought to spread between June 1993 and and 1997.
Following his declaration on Wednesday that henceforth, June 12 be observed as Democracy Day in Nigeria and that some heroes of democracy be given national honours, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami to take immediate steps to publish the Presidential Order in the Federal Gazette as follows:
Chief MKO Abiola – Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (Posthumous)
Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe – Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger
Chief Gani Fawehinmi -Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (Posthumous)
AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State on Thursday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the late business mogul, Chief Moshood Abiola, the highest national honour in the country.
The governor, who gave the commendation at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, said he was overwhelmed by the president’s action.
He, however, urged the president to also declare Abiola the winner of the June 12, 1993 poll. “It is then that the highest title of GCFR conferred on him would have constitutional backing
“The honour done to late MKO Abiola by President Buhari is indeed a welcome development. Though we think the president might be doing all of these for political reasons, it is still a welcome development,’’ Fayose said.
Many regard Buhari’s June 12 action as one single blow on both Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida that annueled the June 12. Both men have stood out against Buhari these days and he seems to be ready for the knuckles.