June 12: Buhari honours MKO, others. -Apologizes to Nigerians for Annulment
This event is not to open old wounds, but to put light on the nation -Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, conferred Nigeria’s highest honour to the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 election, late Moshood Abiola.
Speaking at the investiture, President Buhari who also apologized on behalf of the Government and people of Nigeria for the annulment said,
“This event is not to open old wounds, but to put light on the nation.
“The government of Ibrahim Babangida inexplicably cancelled the June 12, 1993 election when it was clear who the winner was.
“We cannot right the past but we can at least assuage our feelings.
“Nigerians will no longer tolerate such perversion of justice.
“Our decision to honour June 12 is in national interest”.
While Mr Abiola was given a posthumous award of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), his then running mate, Babagana Kingibe, was awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).
Also, awarded was late human rights activist and senior lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).
Mr Buhari had last week announced that henceforth, Democracy Day in Nigeria will be celebrated on June 12 and not May 29 each year.