President Muhammadu Buhari has tendered the nation’s apology to the family of the late Chief Moshood Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993 election.
Buhari gave this apology while delivering his speech at the conferment of national honours on the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola and other key players of the 1993 elections.
An emotional Buhari also called on all dignitaries present at the conferment ceremony to stand and give a minute silence to all those who lost their lives for the June 12 struggle.
The President noted that the recognition of the June 12 1993 struggle is a process of healing for the country and hoped that it would foster national unity.
The Late MKO Abiola was adjudged to have won the 1993 general election, believed to be the freest and fairest elections in Nigeria’s history.
The election result was however annulled by the then military Head of State at the time, General Ibrahim Babangida.
But Chief Abiola who contested under the Social Democratic Party and held a massive lead at the polls before the annulment insisted on his mandate and that the outcome of the election be upheld.
As a result of his fight for justice, military President General Sani Abacha jailed him in 1994 after he declared himself the lawful president of Nigeria.
Despite calls in Nigeria and abroad for his release he was not released from prison and died incarcerated on July 7, 1998.
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