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28 years after, we’re yet to get benefits of Abiola’s sacrifice – Family

28 years after, we’re yet to get benefits of Abiola’s sacrifice – Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family members of late politicians and the adjudged winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, have said that there were no benefits yet enough for the family to show for the huge sacrifice made by their breadwinner for the enthronement of the nation’s democracy.

The Abiolas’ family Secretary, Engineer Rahman Abiola, who spoke with newsmen Saturday in Abeokuta, the state capital declared that 28 years after the June 12 poll, the Nigerian Government was yet to make monetary compensation to the family to cushion the effects of losing such irreplaceable family pillar.

Rahman commended President Muhammadu Buhari administration for the recognition accorded MKO Abiola as the winner of June 12, 1993, Presidential election and declaration of the day as the Democracy Day but noted that the family also deserved government’s compensation that would directly impact on Abiola family members positively.

The Family Secretary made this position known while speaking with newsmen Saturday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital when the entourage of the state government’s team, led by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Noimot Salako-Oyedele paid the usual annual visitation to the Abiola’s family house at Oke Agbo axis of Abeokuta metropolis in honour of the late Abiola.

“We are happy indeed that the Buhari-led Federal Government deemed it fit to honour our breadwinner, late Chief M.K.O Abiola, particularly with the highest title of the land; Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and declaring June 12 as the official democracy day I’m Nigeria. But so far, not so good!.

“The family has not benefited anything from the Federal Government. But Ogun state government, right from the administration of the former governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba to that of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Ibikunle Amosun and the incumbent state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has found it good to honour late Chief M.K.O Abiola, even before the Federal Government took it up to honour him every June 12th.

“We have not seen any of the promises of the Federal Government on June 12. At the state levels, they’re trying and I give kudos to them. The governors have been coming to solidarize with the family towards ensuring that June 12 is celebrated,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun who was represented by the deputy governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, advised the citizens, particularly politicians to always emulate the virtues and philosophy which late Abiola stood for.

Abiodun said he learnt the virtues of selflessness and all-inclusiveness from late M.K.O Abiola, hence the making of ” Igbega Ipinle Ogun; Ajose Wa Ni O” as he Christened the moto of his administration.

He said: “We give thanks to Mr. President for formerly declaring this day as Democracy Day. As you are aware, late Chief M.K.O Abiola (GCFR) is an unpoliticised and detribalized Nigerian. Nevertheless, this is his state and he is our son here in Ogun State and a son that we are very proud of. Even before Mr. President declared this day, in Ogun State and in the entire South West, we have been commemorating this day every year as the day that Nigerians voted for him wholeheartedly across the country to be the president of this country.

“Unfortunately the mandate was denied. But now, we can look back and try to emulate the virtues and the principles that our late father, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola stood for.

“We hold in high esteem, late Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola. He believes in the same virtues and that is why he is propagating the government of inclusiveness and a government of “building our future together.

“I am a promise-keeping man with a promise-keeping administration and gradually, over the first two years in office, we have been delivering on the promise to the people of Ogun State. Though some have been completed, some are ongoing and others are in the pipeline, we seek your support and prayers as we continue on the at the second half of his first term in office and promise the people of Ogun State that this government will always look after the best interest of the people of Ogun State and we look forward to your support as we enter this second phase.” (The Nation)

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