Africa’s First Nobel Laureate calls out President Buhari for confusing Nigeria’s by praising Abacha and honouring Abiola.
Africa’s first Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has blasted Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari for extolling former dictator and military ruler, late Gen. Sani Abacha while honouring Chief M.K.O Abiola at the same time.
Prof. Soyinka delivered the speech at the Presidential Villa during the conferment of posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on the presumed winner of the June 12 presidential election, the Late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
He stated: “Stop confusing Nigerians. In one breath you extol Abacha, in another breath you honour MKO. How can you extol Abacha who if he were alive today would be in the ICC (International Criminal Court),”
Soyinka says he was “knocked out of his throat” by the apology tendered by Mr Buhari for the June 12 atrocities of Nigerian past dictators who were responsible.
The president also award Abiola’s running, Baba Gana Kingibe and the late human rights lawyer, the Late Gani Fawehinmi, with Grand Commander Order of the Nigeria (GCON).
President Buhari had also declared June 12 as National Public Holiday.
The regime of the self-styled military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, annulled the June 12, 1993 presidential election widely adjudged freest and fairest in the nation’s history. Nigeria current President, Mohammadu Buhari served as the Chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) in the regime of Late Sani Abacha, the military dictator who imprisoned the adjudged winner of the June 12 presidential election, considered to be Nigeria’s freest and fairest election.
President Buhari’s gesture of houring Abiola is considered by many to be a political gesture expecting electoral favours from a certain region of the country where the late Abiola hails from. As many have judged the President a direct beneficiary of the annulment of the 1993 election and imprisonment of the alleged winner where he served as PTF chairman in the regime that imprisoned one of Nigeria’s post independent national heroes.