Saturday, 8 July 2017

Federal government to name key national institution after MKO Abiola

On July 7, 2017, Human rights and pro-democracy activists in Lagos recalled the need for the Federal Government to name a key national institution or infrastructure after the Late Chief MKO Abiola as a way of immortalising him.

Speaking at a programme organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative (WA), held at Abiola's graveside in Ikeja, the activists urged the government to give the late business mogul and politician a post-humous recognition as the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Many regard the election as the freest and fairest presidential election in the history of Nigeria.

Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of WA, said 19 years after his death, Nigerians want his post-humous recognition as president of Nigeria for his portrait to be displayed among past Nigerian presidents and Heads of State.

“We also demand the gazette of June 12 election results as belatedly declared by Humphery Nwosu.

“We demand the incumbent administration to immediately consider the immortalization of Abiola by renaming a key national Institution or infrastructure in his name.

“We demand a judicial commission of inquiry to unravel how the high treason was carried out in custody.

“Finally, we demand the immediate restructuring of Nigeria into proper federation to douse the agitations that have engulfed the country following the escalation of the nationality question occasioned by the annulment,’’ Okei-Odumakin said.

A former military governor of Imo and Lagos States, Rear Adm. Ndubuisi Kanu (retd), also called for the immortalization of Abiola and the restructuring of Nigeria into a proper federation.

“Let us all know that 19 years after, Abiola’s spirit still lives and is very active; Abiola should be immortalized,’’ Kanu said.

The youngest son of Abiola, Abdulmumini Abiola also urge Nigerians to take their destiny in their hands.

“My father tried his best and today here he is lying dead; why do we continue to listen to the people that put us in this state that we are right now?

“Nineteen years after my father’s death, they are not better off. We need a paradigm change in this country and that is why we must take our destiny into our hands,’’ he said.

Mr Emeka Ugoji, President Concerned Nigeria and Professional Forum, described Abiola as an entrepreneur with a social conscience.

“Abiola was an entrepreneur with a social conscience; 19 years after, we remember that he was the greatest entrepreneur Nigeria ever produced. Other entrepreneurs should emulate him,’’ Ugoji said.

Speakers at the event includes Mr Rasheed Owonifari, Head of Finance and Administration for Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) and Mr Abdul Usman Bako, President Campaign for Democracy.

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