Why Obasanjo Failed To Recognise Abiola, June 12

(FILES) This picture taken on September 25, 2012 shows former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo in New York. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on December 23, 2013 he had ordered a probe into a rash of allegations, including the creation of a political hit squad, levelled against him by former leader Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo, who served as president from 1999-2007, penned an open letter to Jonathan on December 2 that accused him of training a private militia to assassinate political rivals. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN


Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has come under fire from elder statesmen in the nation for not honouring the struggle of Late Chief Moshood Abiola with June 12.

According The Nation, Senator Ayo Fasanmi who is a chieftain of the Afenifere said Obasanjo was not the pioneer of the Yoruba peoples or the savior of Nigerians.

He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for doing what Obasanjo neglected to do. He stated: “Is Obasanjo the savior now? He isn’t the savior we are turning upward to. To the extent I am concerned, Obasanjo has become a spent force.

He needs to be perceived as the one coordinating the issues of the country at each phase from the time he was military Head of State, civilian president, through the late President Umaru Yar’Adua time to previous President Goodluck Jonathan’s period. He has the inclination that he knows everything. “We ought to be cautious about Obasanjo.

I have my qualms about him. Yoruba must meet up however not behind Obasanjo. Obasanjo can’t lead us.

I can’t perceive any welcome from Obasanjo. “The respect that was presented on Abiola by President Buhari ought to have been finished by Obasanjo. He didn’t do it.

We express gratitude toward President Buhari or doing this. We should bolster him and not Obasanjo’s plan. Obasanjo ought to go into retirement. He just needs to be seen and heard.”

Ayo Opadoku who is a previous general secretary of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) communicated pity over Obasanjo’s refusal to recognize Abiola saying he was a recipient of the battle.

He stated: “Previous President Olusegun Obasanjo who the military foisted on Nigeria for a long time disregarded all supplications to close the part of military’s lack of regard to the prevalent will of the Nigerian individuals as communicated on June 12, 1993 which results have been authoritatively declared at all the wards, nearby government zones, and state dimensions of resemblances affirming Abiola’s triumph.”

Confidant Jude Egbas who is a June 12 dissident thumped Obasanjo for neglecting to address the dissolved June 12 1993 presidential decision.

He noticed that “Obasnjo had eight years to perceive Abiola as the champ of the June 12 race and delicate conciliatory sentiment to the MKO family and Nigerians for the shamefulness.

In any case, his sense of self wouldn’t give him a chance to be extraordinary. “Obasanjo was the military decision after the 1993 burglary of MKO and Nigerians.

Obasanjo was the one the power tip top made due with to appease the Southwest after the bad form done Abiola.

Unexpectedly, from 1999 to 2007, Obasanjo would not specify Abiola’s name and wouldn’t recognize the criticalness of June 12.

Obasanjo had the chance to right the wrongs of June 12, yet he blew it. Ideally, sometime in the not so distant future, he will freely delicate open expressions of remorse for his dishonorable jobs in the June 12 disaster.”


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