Beside the eventual recognition of Chief MKO Abiola as the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), said he should also be inaugurated as Nigerian president posthumously.
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently declared June 12 as Democracy Day and during the marking of the 25th anniversary of June 12 on Tuesday, honoured Abiola with the award of GCFR, at an event at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
But NADECO, a frontline group for the restoration of democratic rule after the military annulled the 1993 presidential election won by Abiola, called on Buhari to go beyond the new national recognition accorded to June 12 and the posthumous national award to Abiola, to posthumously inaugurate him as president also.
The group said in a statement through its general secretary, Ayo Opadokun, on Tuesday that “the Nigerian State should ask Professor Nwosu to be recalled on emergency for the purposes of a formal declaration of the final result of June 12, 1993, Presidential Election as the Chief Returning Officer.
“The Nigerian State should formerly inaugurate posthumously Bashorun MKO Abiola as a President of Nigeria. National Monument of Consequence be named after President Abiola, not for the mischievous reason of wanting to present him as a regional leader, which the attempt to utilise the University of Lagos was meant to be.”
The group also in the statement urged Buhari to address the spirit and tenets of true federalism in the country.
“President Buhari should accept the fact that Nigeria’s prospect to genuine unity, expected growth and development can only be a reality if his government accepts the popular will being expressed by the majority of Nigerians that our country should return to Federal Constitutional Arrangement.
“Nigeria should stop living a lie by calling itself a federation when it is, in fact, being governed centrally,” NADECO said.
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