Following former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to president Muhammadu Buhari where he likened him to the former military head of state, late General Sani Abacha, the
The son of late Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Mr Jamiu Abiola, has slammed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for doing nothing to recognise his father despite benefitting from his struggle and death.
Jamiu Abiola spoke on Sunday evening in Abuja at an event tagged “Testimonies of Change”, designed to showcase the various achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture for the beneficiaries of various government intervention programmes.
Abiola’s criticism came same day Obasanjo released a critical open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. In the letter, Obasanjo likened Buhari’s current administration to the one run by late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.
Abiola, who was among the people that spoke at the event, regretted that for over two decades ago, Nigerians gave his father their mandate but he was “denied and killed” while his family suffered emotional and psychological torture.
He said his mother, Kudirat Abiola, who also fought for his father’s mandate, was also killed in the process leaving seven children behind.
Jamiu said Obasanjo benefitted from the democracy struggle by his late father and mother when he was elected as president in 1999.
He said in spite of coming from the same region and state as his late father and mother, Obasanjo declined to recognise their contribution to the enthronement of democracy.
He commended President Buhari for recognising his father and declaring June 12, national democracy day after over two decades.
“What President Buhari has done, despite not being a Yoruba man, has ended the emotional and psychological trauma my family has gone through all these years,” he said .
Jamiu also highlighted Buhari’s giant strides in reaching out to the poor and improving the infrastructure of the country.
He said June 12 which his parents paid the supreme sacrifice for, was about the poor and the masses, adding that president Buhari had been replicating that through the various intervention programmes introduced by his administration.
He said Buhari deserved a second term, therefore Nigerians should come out to vote for him the February 16 presidential election.