June 12: I want Buhari to Honour Abiola – Akerele


Former political assistant to the late Bashorun MKO Abiola and veteran journalist, Lisa Olu Akerele, has remained unrelenting in his advocacy for the official recognition of the democratic martyrdom of MKO Abiola as the icon of the current democracy and his posthumous declaration as president-elect of Nigeria.

In a press statement in Abuja yesterday, Akerele said, “For a man who selflessly martyred himself and whose blood watered the tree of the very democracy that we enjoy today, declaring him president-elect posthumously and recognizing the day that symbolizes his political struggle, will not be too much to assuage his spirit and to give proper repose to the soul of such political icon.”

He maintained that the late icon of democracy (whose pan-Nigerian and cross-cultural electoral victory on June 12 remains a watershed in the democratic learning experience of Nigeria) was conspiratorially martyred on July 07, 1998, after four years of incarceration by the military junta of the late General Sani Abacha.

Akerele said that as “true democrats, pro-democracy activists, Nigerians and Nigeria remember the late Chief MKO Abiola on June 12,” he renewed his annual appeal to the ruling political administration of President Mohammadu Buhari “to do the needful and the long overdue, namely give Abiola the deserved honour,” appealing that the late doyen be invested with the highest title of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic(GCFR) reserved only for Nigerian president.

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