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President Muhammadu Buhari has tendered a formal apology to the family of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 election, Chief MKO Abiola.
While sharing a picture of the investiture of the late political icon as Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) with the award given to his eldest son, Kola Abiola.
President Buhari wrote:
“On behalf of the Federal Government, I tender the nation’s apology to the family of the Late MKO Abiola, who got the highest votes in the June 12, 1993 election; and to all those who lost their loved ones in the cause of the June 12 struggle.”
This was a comment at the event and it might go a long way in healing wounds from the 1993 annulment of the election which MKO is widely accepted to have won and assuaging the pain of those who lost loved ones in the struggle of the actualisation of the June 12 mandate.
Abiola’s running mate, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe was also awarded Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) along side late Human Rights lawyer and icon Chief Gani Fawehinmi who was represented by his son, Mohammed.