Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Thursday described the late acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale, as someone who believed in the ideals of progressive politics.
He noted that if the late business mogul turned politician were to be alive, he would have joined All Progressives Congress.
Amosun said this at the prayer session to mark the 21st anniversary of the annulment of the June 12 presidential election by the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida (retd).
The event held at the Abiola’s family house in Oke-Agbo, Gbagura, Abeokuta, was attended by some of the late politician’s children, relatives and well-wishers.
Amosun, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, said the late MKO, who hailed from the state, demonstrated the virtues of a politician who had the love of the masses at heart.
He said, “If Chief MKO Abiola were to be alive, he would be among the progressives. He would be in All Progressives Congress, and he would most likely be in APC convention currently holding in Abuja.
“It is already 21 years that Nigerians all over shunned religious and tribal sentiments and united to vote in Chief MKO Abiola. But is this the kind of Nigeria that Abiola laid down his life for?”
The governor urged all stakeholders to work harder towards realizing the politician’s dream of a better Nigeria.
He said, “We are happy that Ogun State produced the second civilian president in Nigeria.
“We should continue to work harder to bring Abiola’s dream to fruition. Those of us who are alive have a duty to carry his message forward”.
The governor, who decried the wave of insecurity in the country, challenged Nigerian politicians to live up to the ideals that Abiola died for.
Amosun said, “As we remember June 12 which is a good thing, we should also not forget the lessons to be learnt from it.
“If Abiola were alive, would he be happy with Nigeria of 2014? That is the question we should ask ourselves. If Abiola were alive, would Nigeria be where it is today?
“It is a thing of shame that insecurity remained the greatest challenge to Nigeria.
“We must ask ourselves: Would Abiola be happy with all that is happening today? And if he’s not, what do we do as individuals, state and nation to help promote and propagate Abiola’s ideals? That is what all of us should think about”.
Two of Abiola’s children, Jamiu and Tundun, were also present at the event.
Extolling their father, Jamiu noted that the only way the Nigerian government could immortalise his father was to endear themselves to the masses, who he noted, Abiola fought for.
He said,“The Nigerian government has started recognising him gradually but the most important thing is for Nigerian government to do what they can do to make the people comfortable. That is what my father fought for; he fought for the masses”.
On her part, Tundun stressed that her father’s name would remain indelible in the minds of Nigerians due to his contributions to national development.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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