Some Yoruba leaders were bribed to hide Abiola's killers, says Al-Mustapha

Lawrence Kim
June 13, 2017

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was quoted in the statement as saying, "June 12, 1993 is a day we must not forget in the annals of our democratic history".

He said, "He (Abiola) laboured so much for us, he paid the supreme price for Nigeria's Democracy".

June 12 is celebrated annually in Nigeria to mark the June 12, 1993 Presidential elections between Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola of the Social Democratic Party and Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention. M.K.O.

Amosun spoke shortly after he led a walk from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta, to the Oke Ido family house of late Abiola.

"The lessons of that election still speak eloquently to us today despite the utter lack of vision in governance between 1999 and 2015 that has fuelled the revival of separatist agitations and deepened distrust among the component parts of Nigeria. It is only through strengthening the institutions, practices and procedures of democracy that we, like the Americans, foremost exemplars of the democratic ideal, can ceaselessly strive moment by moment, day by day and year by year to continually aspire towards the more flawless union of our dreams". "June 12 will continue".

Also, former military governor of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuizi Kanu, while making his remark at the occasion called on the federal government to consider the calls for restructuring as a way of moving Nigeria forward.

"On June 12, 1993, majority of Nigerians across all divides demonstrated through the ballot box that irrespective of class or ethnic sympathies, the Nigerian people are united and would always join hands to promote our unifying values", he said.

"This year's commemoration of the anniversary of June 12 coincides roughly with two years in office of the All Progressives Congress at the federal level". It was non-violent, it was a raining day and people went out in a non-violent approach.

"As we are gathered here today, I want us to know that MKO died for us, it is our collective responsibilities to keep the spirit of MKO Abiola alive".

Governor Ajimobi prayed for the repose of Abiola's soul and the souls of other Nigerians who lost their lives in the struggle to actualize the annulled presidential election.

Atiku Abubakar recalls that June 12 traumatized Nigerians and made some people to question the unity and oneness of the country and whether true democracy can take root in the country.

He revealed that when their elder brother, Bashiru Abiola was sick Governor Amosun flew him overseas for treatment, saying, "The government has been supporting us, the governor always help us and all his team too".

He revealed that when their elder brother, Bashiru was sick, the governor flown him overseas for treatment.

"Now, they have forgotten about Abiola but the moment I talk, they will come to the pages of newspapers and start insulting me, I didn't want to respond to them, but since you have asked, I have to say this".

"The former Lagos State governor said 'if we fail to restructure Nigeria peacefully, we may have to do it the other way".

Other personalities that participated in the walk were: Amosun's Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, Speaker State House of Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, former governor of Kwara, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, among others.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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