After the honour done to the late Chief Moshood Abiola and the late rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, All Progesssives Congress (APC) chieftain Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has initiated a movement that would adoption of Abiola’s manifesto, “Farewell to poverty”.
This action would further immortalize Abiola, who won the 1993 election across the country despite running a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Tinubu made this know when he received the wives and children of the late business morgue in his resident in Lagos.
President Muhammadu Buhari has honoured the late Abiola with the highest national award, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and declared June 12, the date of the election, Nigeria’s freest and fairest ever, as Democracy Day as against May 29. The military government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election for no credible reason.
Naija News understand that Late Abiola, and the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s families would be receiving the insignia for the award at the presidential villa in Abuja on the 12 of June.
“We’ve continued to struggle for this day that this injustice must be corrected to become part of our history. And if we truly are democrats, we must take the fulfilment of the date as a dream that must be realised and that has come from a military man, a man of military background, who is now truly committed to democratic principles and values. We must adopt now hope and farewell to poverty as next crusade to continue to immortailse the beliefs and values of MKO Abiola”
According to late Abiola’s eldest child, Mrs Lola Abiola-Edewor, “For all of those years we’ve been in great distress because not only did we lose our father, we just began to wonder if it was all worth it.
“And see how many governments we’ve had since 1993 till date and nobody saw it fit to do that which is right. The Lord bless President Buhari for this singular honour that he’s done this family and that’s really why we’ve come to see Asiwaju, to thank him for the role he played in the whole saga, which turned out to be a watershed made right. To thank him for standing in, standing firm and standing strong”
The Nation reports that Abiola’s wives Chief Bisi Abiola and Dr, Doyin Abiola were with the children, including
Mr Lekan Abiola, Mrs Hafsat Abiola-Costello and Mr Jamiu Abiola. There were also Ayobami Abiola, Tundun Abiola, Doyin Tobun, Abdu Abiola and son-in-law Mr Moshood Edewor, among others.