A human rights activist and executive chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is plotting to erase the annulment of June 12,1993 presidential election from the memory of Nigerians.
Unlike it the past when June 12 was celebrated by “progressives and democrats” in the ruling APC, the day came and went quietly without any fanfare this year.
Comrade Sulaiman said in a statement made available to the Nigerian Pilot that saying that “President Buhari was part of late military junta government of General Sanni Abacha as Chairman Petroleum Trust Funds, PTF, that incarcerated the acclaimed winner of June 12 presidential election, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola unjustly for almost four years.
He declared that instead of restoration of Abiola’s mandate as several pro-democracy activists such as late wife of acclaimed winner of June 12 Presidential election, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Pa Alfred Rewane, Alhaja Suliyat Adedeji, a season Journalist, Baguda Khalto, General Sheu Musa Ya’radua (rtd) and host of others pro-democracy activists fell to the bullets of the military junta.
The rights activist who added that many pro-democracy activists including; Late human rights activist and social crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi,SAN, Late Dr. Beko Ransome kuti, Barrister Femi Falana,SAN, Barrister Femi Aborishade, Comrade Amitolu Shittu,late Chief Bola Ige,SAN, Chief Olisha Agbakoba, SAN,Comrade Sheu Sanni(now Senator),Comrade Segun Mayegun, Barister Niyi Owolade,Rear Admiral Ndubushi Kanu, Late Alhaji Lam Adesina, Comrade Ola Oni, Late Afro beat legendary, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Dr(Mrs) Joe Okei Odumakin, and host of others were clamped down into illegal military detention without trial and other were sent to self exile in the cause of the struggle for the restoration of democracy to the country.
He maintained that “President Buhari needs to be tutored on democratic ethos because military did not have democracy idea in their lexicon, excerpt the absolute violation of fundamental human rights, extral- judicial killings and oppose to the rule of law.”
According to the statement issued in commemoration of annulment of June 12,1993 presidential election , the reason why Nigeria could not enjoy one day peace since return of Nigeria to civil rule in May 1999, was as a result of involvement of some people that played key role in the annulment in governance till date.
Sulaiman who doubles as Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEOS, cautioned the present administration against militarization of the country “which is a systemic way of returning the nation into the despotic dark days of military era.”
He added that the history of the country’s democracy would not be completed without fully recognizing the June 12,1993 presidential election where Chief MKO Abiola, his wife, Kudirat and others paid supreme sacrificed for returning of the democratic experiment back to Nigeria.
CHRSJ chief then called for immediate recognition of Chief Abiola as former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and immortalization of late Abiola with national emoluments.
He commended the courage of immediate past Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for renaming the University of Lagos after late MKO Abiola before the University Alumni approach the Court to restrain the then Federal Government on its action.