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MKO Abiola: What Buhari would have wished – Oshiomhole

Former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has spoken on the award of GCFR to the late MKO Abiola by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also commented on the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day.

In a chat with newsmen at the weekend, the former Labour leader said: “There are many things he (Buhari) has done over the past three years that are outstanding in terms of finding the political will and demonstrating statesmanship.

“His decision, which is a bold decision to acknowledge that June 12 cannot be wished away as a non-event, deserves commendation across party divides because for those who voted, it was just a rude shock and pain that about 14 million votes were cancelled; it was like an April Fool’s Day.

“So, for him to acknowledge Abiola in the manner that he did and confer on him posthumously an award meant for people who are presidents mean that he has settled the question.

“The only thing he would have wished to do which he cannot do was to bring Abiola back to life which is beyond human.

“The second thing is the outstanding contribution of Chief Gani Faweinmi because a lot of Nigerians would ask you, what does it take to serve the people?

“For President Buhari to come out and honour Gani Fawehinmi, means there were many activists but Fawehinmi could easily be seen as the foremost among them.

“Not only did every successive government sent him to prison not on account of fighting for his father’s parcel of land but on account of his stubborn insistence that government should deliver to the people,” Oshiomhole added.

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