Sunday Ode, Abuja
Daughter of late MKO Abiola, Hafsat said on Tuesday that the recognition of their father came from unexpected quarters noting that the president ‘s apology melted her heart.
She spoke at the posthumous investiture of her late father and presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election as the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR). She said: “Who would have ever believed given the relationship that you had with Chief MKO Abiola that you would be the instrument God will use to honour this man and to bring recognition and healing to the country.
“You apologized to my family and it touched my heart. You know that I also lost my mother in this struggle, so that apology meant so much. Let me use this opportunity, on behalf of the Chief MKO Abiola because I know what he would have done, I use this opportunity to apologize to you, to apologize to your family, anything that he might have done to harm you and to harm your family.
The first son of MKO, Kola Abiola said ” Mr. President on behalf of the MKO Abiola family, we accept both the award and the apology. We will like to thank you for the great honour you have done our family. We thank you for taking the decisive measures to strengthen our democracy and guarantee our future by reconciling our past. Thank you very much sir. Generations to come will honour your for this.”
The first son of Chief Gani Fawehinmi ,Muhammed Fawehinmi who accepted the GCON award on behalf of his late father noted that President Buhari is the first sensitive and reasonable head of state that has listened to Nigerians and acted accordingly.
Noting that June 12 is the foundation of democracy in this country, he added that the recognition of Chief MKO Abiola as president-elect in this country not as presumed winner was a masterstroke. He contended “These people stood their ground, sacrificed all they had for this country and I thank AGIS that their sacrifices have not been in vain.
“Today is symbolic because it shows the entrenchment of unity all citizens of this country regardless of your tribe, ethic background, religious beliefs because we are all Nigerians.”He stressed the need for Nigerians to appreciate one another as Nigerians saying Chief MKO won Hope ‘93 but he was not allowed to govern” President Buhari won and we thank God He was allowed to govern.
“We urged all Nigerians to support this man, to stop bickering and trivialities, religion and ethnic background. If you loose take it that way. “We are experiencing problems in Nigeria now because of hatred of values but I know with Oga at the helms of affairs things will be better for Nigeria, ” he stated.
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