President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to ensure the implementation of the poverty alleviation programme of Chief M.K.O Abiola as contained in the ‘Farewell to Poverty’ manifesto used in pursuing the 1993 June 12 election so as to help alleviate the pitiable condition of the populace as it being experienced in the country now.
This opinion was made known by various speakers during the investiture of the chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the annulled 1993 election as the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic GCFR which ws performed by the president. The President had on the 6th of June declared his intention to invest Abiola with the honour while awarding his running mate Baba Gana Kingibe with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) and also Chief Gani Fawehinmi, the GCON, a development that has generated widespread appreciation among Nigerians.
The event was attended by member of the federal cabinet, All Progressives Congress party chieftains, families of the awardees, principal members of the defunct SDP. Active participants in the June 12 struggles, Journalists and Activists alike.
Various speakers at the event such as Femi Falana, Bola Tinubu, Jonathan Zwingina, Iyorcha Ayu, and a host of others, while recounting their experiences during the struggle for democracy advised that the legacy of Chief MKO Abiola needs not to be restricted to the honour being bestowed and the declaration of June 12 as democracy day for all Nigerians, but in ensuring that life is made much more meaningful for Nigerians and that poverty be eradicated.
Hafsat Abiola Costello on behalf of the Abiola family advised the president to work in defense of the people against poverty. “Let me say at this juncture that chief MKO Abiola was so committed to us saying farewell to poverty in Nigeria and today we have more people in poverty in Nigeria than we had in 1993. I read the statement that you made, where you said we should prepare now to wage a battle for the defense of Nigeria against those who think of themselves as the landlords of Nigerians.”
Buhari was further advised to heal the wounds afflicting the country and the festering divisiveness among ethnic groups by arresting the spate of violence and insecurity in the country.
Report by Victor Alagogooko for IbadanCity Announcer