|Late Chief M.K.O. Abiola
Am sure wherever MKO Abiola is now, he will be very happy that his pains are not vain. As Nigeria marks 13thyear of interrupted democracy today, I commend you for your support throughout the years. This is words from Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, the president Federal Republic of Nigeria during his live broadcast to Nigerians to mark democracy day in Nigeria.
29th of May 1999, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar the then military head of state handed over the power to former president chief Olusegun Obasanjo. This was after the demise of the then military junta Gen. Sani Abacha.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo took over power as the third president elect in the history of Nigeria.
According to the president we have remain politically stabled in the last 13th years. He said even though we have challenges as individual and as government but we will soon get over it, he promised.
He also appreciate the support of Nigerian Army saying the have carried out their duties professionally to support the democracy over the years.
During the live broadcast he remembers the heroes that fought for the democracy and also sympathise with the lost souls. He then remembers MKO Abiola.
MKO Abiola contested for president under social democratic party SDP, and won the election but it was annulled by the then military junta Gen. Babangida. The election was said to be the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria. He was arrested and detained for pronouncing himself has president elected. He died in detention in July 7 1996.
The federal government in honouring MKO Abiola renamed University of Lagos after him which will now be called Moshood Abiola University of Lagos.
This is in response to the patriotic Nigerians, human right activists and well meaning Nigerians that MKO Abiola should be honour for his role in fight for democracy in Nigeria
Though, it has generated a lot comments across Nigeria. Some say it’s overdue to honour him. Compare to his fight and his role during June 12th 1993.