June 12: Arrest And Prosecute Killers Of MKO Abiola – Activist, Orji Alexander

June 12: Arrest And Prosecute Killers Of MKO Abiola – Activist, Orji Alexander

By Adeyemi Olalemi

Right activist, Orji Chijioke Alexander, has called for the arrest and prosecution of killers of late presumed winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

Alexander, who is chairmanship aspirant for Ibeju Lekki Local Government in Lagos, made the call while speaking with members of press in Lagos.

He said Nigeria as a country has not paid due respect to what June 12 stands for, describing the action has ‘’shameful’’.

On 12 June 1993, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola of the Social Democratic Party defeated Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention in the Presidential election, Presidential elections – the first since the 1983 military coup.

However, the elections were later annulled by military ruler General Ibrahim Babangida, leading to a crisis that ended with Sani Abacha heading a coup later in the year.

Abiola would later die on July 7, 1998 on the day he was due to be released from incarceration under suspicious circumstances shortly after the death of General Abacha.

Alexander, who noted that past administrations have failed to honour late MKO Abiola appropriately, said the best way to immortalise and honour the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election is to bring his killers to book.

He called on the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently reopen the books with a view to bringing Abiola Killer to justice.

“Till date, we cannot celebrate June 12 until the issues concerning the death of M.K.O Abiola have been resolved, Alexander said, adding that “ we would have expected that the succeeding leadership would have done well to reopen all unsolved murder cases’’.

He lamented that till today; there has been no justice in the murder of some of the great Nigerian leaders.

Alexander, a social commentator recalled that murder case of Funsho Williams, M.K.O Abiola, Bola Ige and many others are still unresolved after over a decade.

Speaking on the Dele Giwa, who was killed with a letter bomb, Alexander said one would have expected that government would probe the murder case further following fresh evidences and wonders if justice would ever be served.

He said; “on Dele Giwa’s murder, there were fresh evidences at some points and were we hoping the government will probe further before such evidence are shred or destroyed permanently but nothing was done.

He said the nation will do well to go back to retrace its step by recognising what M.K.O Abiola stood for and prosecuting the killer of the winner of Nigeria’s 1993 Presidential elections

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