- Some Nigerians are asking President Muhammadu Buhari to honour Professor Humphrey Nwosu
- Nwosu was chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), the umpire which conducted the presidential election believed to have been won by Abiola
- Some citizens of the country believe that Nwosu played a vital role pre and post the election that was annulled by the military
Some Nigeria, on Wednesday, June 12, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to honour Professor Humphrey Nwosu, a former chairman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) during the presidential election reportedly won by Chief MKO Abiola in 1993.
Legit.ng learnt that the call for Nwosu’s honour was made by some residents, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Enugu.
The residents argued that Prof. Nwosu played vital roles he played during the June 12 election and during the struggle for the actualization of the mandate.
According to Julius Onuigbo, a legal practitioner, Nwosu conducted the June 12, 1993 election, which was seen as the freest and fairest election to date and it was presumed to have been won by late Chief Moshood Abiola.
Onuigbo further noted that Nwosu’s NEC introduced the novel option A4 system voting system and the open ballot system, described as the best form of electioneering back then.
He added that Nwosu went through intimidation during and after the whole processes of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
“I believe that by looking at Nwosu’s personality, his roles in the June 12, 1993 election and the intimidation he got, he deserved to be honoured and awarded for a job well done,” he said.
On his part, Okechukwu Ibe, an educationist, argued that since MKO Abiola had been honoured and June 12 declared Nigeria’s democracy day, it was also important that the man, who conducted the election, should be recognised.
Also, Nneka Agu, a sociologist, commended the president for having the political will and strength to remember and honour Chief MKO Abiola, who, according to her, paid the supreme sacrifice for Nigerians to enjoy democracy till date.
She, however, begged Buhari to also honour the June 12, 1993, NEC chairman, Nwosu for fairness and justice.
Legit.ng earlier reported that former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, came under fire from elder statesmen in the country for not recognising the struggle of late Chief Moshood Abiola and honouring him with June 12.
Senator Ayo Fasanmi who is a chieftain of the Afenifere said Obasanjo was not the leader of the Yoruba people or the messiah of Nigerians.
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