Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said that President Muhammadu Buhari, by taking positive action on the controversies concerning the June 12, 1993 Presidential election and the acclaimed winner of the election, late Chief MKO Abiola, he has succeeded in doing what past Presidents had failed to do.
He said: “we recognize the fact that the recognition of Chief MKO Abiola and his contributions have been long overdue. We must recognize this good intention. There might be imperfections in how it was implemented, but let us take the good intention behind all of these.”
The Senate President, who was contributing to a motion raised by Senator Abiodun Olujimi at today’s (Thursday) Senate plenary, commended the recognition of Abiola to the struggle for Nigeria’s democracy.
“I am sure that all of us, in one way or the other, have had the opportunity to interact with the man (late Abiola) and we felt that the country has not given him and his family the recognition that they truly deserve.”
President Buhari had, in one fell swoop yesterday, Wednesday, announced the conferment of Nigeria’s highest national honour: Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on late Abiola, second highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) on Abiola’s 1993 Presidential running mate, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe and late lawyer and human rights activist Gani Fawehinmi even as he shifted the Democracy Day cerebration to June 12 of every year henceforth.