June 12: Ekwunife Lauds Buhari on Abiola, Gani makes case for Kudirat, Nwosu

President Muhammadu Buhari in a warm handshake with Senator Uche Ekwunife

SENATOR Uche Ekwunife has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for what she called a “show of posthumous democratic compassion” saying by his action the President has shown he has a listening ear and ready to soothe frayed nerves of Nigerians.

Ekwunife said this as President Buhari posthumously honours the winner of the 1993 Presidential election, the late MKO Abiola, his running mate, Babagana Kingibe and late Chief Gani Fawehinmi today.

She also called on the President to extend same honours to Abiola’s wife, Kudirat and the then National Electoral Commission (NEC) Chairman, Prof. Humphery Nwosu.

Making the call at the weekend, Senator Ekwunife appealed to the President to complete the good gesture by honouring Kudirat whom she said sacrificed her life in the struggle for democracy.

She also said, the fearless umpire of the election in question, which was acclaimed most fair, transparent and credible in Nigeria, Prof. Nwosu, should not be missing in the hall of fame and, therefore urged the President to honour him.

She said: “On the flipside, I wish to enjoin our compassionate President to also consider others who played active roles in making June 12 memorable in our history – those in the cadre of the wife of MKO, Kudirat who sacrificed her life for the struggle.

“Similarly, the courageous personality of Nwosu, the then NEC Chairman calls to mention. This was the man who despite all odds supervised and flawlessly masterminded the conduct of what has made June 12 a democratic memorabilia.

“Mr President, It is my humble appeal that you extend your magnanimous compassion to Kudirat Abiola, and Prof. Nwosu”, she said.