Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has urged the federal government to pay the necessary tribute to the late Chief MKO Abiola by naming a befitting national institution after him.Â Atiku described Abiola, the leading personality of the June 12 struggle, as a national â€˜Hero and Patriotâ€™ deserving of accolades and honour by Nigerians.Â In his goodwill message to all Nigerians on the occasion of the anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by the late businessman, philanthropist and patriot, Abiola, the former vice president said June 12 and the events that brought it are part of our countryâ€™s history and cannot be forgotten.
In a statement released by his Media Office in Abuja, the APC stalwart noted that the events of June 12, 1993, are a watershed in the history of the nation, and therefore, it behooves on all Nigerians to work hard to ensure that the nation never again repeats that painful experience.
He said June 12 is a remarkable date due to the unity and comradeship displayed by Nigerians on that election day in 1993.
Atiku recalled that June 12 traumatised Nigerians and made some people to question the unity and oneness of the country and whether true democracy can take root in the country.
He commended Nigerians for moving beyond the challenges thrown up by June 12 and putting in place a democratic system of government that has lasted for 18 years.