The 2015 presidential candidate of KOWA party, Professor Remi Sonaiya, on Thursday said the honour given to MKO Abiola was proof that there was travesty of justice in the circumstances around the June 12, 1993 general election.
While lauding the fact that MKO Abiola was finally getting justice, Sonaiya, on her Twitter handle, @oluremisonaiya, however questioned whether the perpetrators in the injustice that played out 25 years ago, will be quizzed.
“This posthumous honour done to #MKOAbiola means that the Nigerian Govt at the highest level now acknowledges that there was a travesty of justice over #June12. Now that the victim is finally getting “justice”, what happens to the perpetrators of the injustice?” Sonaiya tweeted.
Meanwhile, frontline politician Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring Chief Moshood Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN).
A statement titled “The immortalisation of Chief MKO Abiola”, which the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart personally signed, said: “Along with all democratic and fair-minded Nigerians, I welcome the news that June 12 will replace May 29 as Democracy Day. I too applaud President Buhari for making this courageous and rightful decision.
“This is good news for democracy and a proud moment for Nigeria. While impossible to go back in time and change the past, we must do our utmost to correct the wrongs of the past. This is what President Buhari has done by this decision. He has shown all Nigerians and the world that we have the moral fortitude to objectively face our history, learn from it and improve our society by virtue of this learning.
“June 12, more than any other day, symbolises the struggles and sacrifices made by countless Nigerians to establish democracy as our way of national governance. Chief MKO Abiola and others gave their lives that we might have democracy, that the will of the people would be sovereign and not suppressed by the will of the few. This proclamation by President Buhari will forever memorialise the sacrifices made by these patriots who gave of themselves in service of such a noble and rightful purpose.”
Follow us on Twitter at @thesignalng
Copyright 2018 SIGNAL. Permission to use portions of this article is granted provided appropriate credits are given to www.signalng.com and other relevant sources.