June 12: Buhari’s honour to Abiola, purely political – Agbakoba

June 13th, 2018

From Cyriacus Nnaji, Lagos

Erudite lawyer and human rights activist, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has stated that the validation of Chief MKO Abiola as the winner of June 12 Election by President Muhammadu Buhari was political, stating that it has not been done because they liked him.

He noted that the same Buhari that honoured Abiola also condemned it many years ago, “so don’t make any mistake that because President Buhari loves Abiola, that is why he recognize him, no, it is geared towards 2019 elections.

Agbakoba, who described the gesture as a Greek gift to the South west ahead of the 2019 elections, expressed his confidence that  the South west leaders have also seen it as one.

Agbakoba stated this in Lagos during the event to mark the 23 years of June 12 Democracy Day, which has the theme “Towards a Formidable and Cohesive Intervention for a New Nigeria.”

In his word “There is nothing to thank the President for. If we praise what government did, then we are missing what Abiola stood for. What the government did is that which we have always asked for. So I don’t praise the government for what they have done. Remember that the government has just done what it ought to have done all these years, so why should I thank president Buhari?

At the occasion which witnessed the honouring of falling heroes like Chima Ubani, Agbakoba advised those jostling for presidential ticket to do good and be purposeful, and  to think about people, “because at the end of the day, when you want to run for office you are running in order to carry the burden of the people, it is like becoming the father of the house,”.

On given Abiola all the entitlements of a President, he said “that is what it is, you recognize him, by saying June 12 is validated, then what you are saying really is that he was President, so I expect that the President will go further and say the government of Nigeria, now recognizes Chief MKO Abiola as a former President.”

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