- The Buhari media Organisation accused Atiku of abandoning Abiola
- The group said the former vice resident and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo remain villains of June 12
- The organisation listed Nigerians which it beloved stood by Abiola
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has accused former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar of being the villain of the June 12 saga.
The Nation reports that the group in a statement signed by the chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary, Cassidy Madueke accused the former vice president of playing to the gallery.
BMO claimed Atiku Abandoned the late Moshood Abiola to his fate.after Abiola opted for Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe as his running mate.
According to them, “this is not the first time that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his media handlers would attempt to rewrite history to paint the former Vice president in good light, especially before younger Nigerians.
“If anyone stood ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Abiola at any time preceding the 1993 election or after it was annulled, that person certainly was not Atiku who literally sulked through the campaign season after the late icon of democracy dumped him and named Kingibe as his Vice Presidential candidate.
“Indeed he was not also among the leading lights of the post-annulment struggle which included the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, the late Gani Fawehinmi, Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (Rtd), late Pa Alfred Rewane, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (Rtd), Frank Kokori and Colonel Abubakar Umar (Rtd), to mention just a few.
“Atiku not only abandoned the struggle, he and several members of what was then known as his political family were part of the National Constitutional Conference which was convened barely a year after the annulled 1993 election but was largely boycotted by people close to MKO Abiola who were insisting on the June 12 mandate.”
“Here is an individual who, like his former principal, Olusegun Obasanjo, was a major beneficiary of the civil rule that Abiola paid the supreme sacrifice for but did not consider it necessary to as much as immortalise Abiola for eight years they were in office.
“A Senate resolution urging that administration which he served in as Vice President to name the Abuja National Stadium after the late politician was wickedly ignored by Atiku and his boss who acted as if they had personal grudges against the political icon.
“So, his sanctimonious thoughts on what June 12 should be, is nothing more than a case of a desperate politician shedding crocodile tears over an issue that he was never interested in.
“Atiku and Obasanjo deserve to be listed among the villains of June 12 in a hall of shame for their act of perfidy against Moshood Abiola and other unsung heroes of the struggle for democratic rule.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was described as a smart leader who took advantage of the situation to declare June 12 as a Democracy Day in Nigeria.
Speaking at a June 12 symposium, the immediate past chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, Adesina Ogunlana, said Nigerians should not be carried away with the recognition of June 12 by President Buhari.
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