By Eric Elezuo
The first son of the Abiola family, Abdul-Lateef Kola Abiola, has prevailed on members of MKO Abiola extended family to endeavour to attend the award of Grand Commander of Federal Republic GCFR award billed to take place at the Presidential villa, Abuja, saying that is exactly what Bashorun MKO Abiola would have wanted.
Abiola made the request in a letter titled: NATIONAL HONOUR FOR LATE BASHORUN MOSHOOD KASHIMAWO OLAWALE ABIOLA AND DESIGNATION OF JUNE 12 AS DEMOCRACY DAY, dated June 8 2018, and made available to TheBoss, which he wrote to members of the family.
He wrote: “In our hearts, we have also always felt that June 12 was the rightful Democracy Day for Nigeria. It produced the democratic credentials on which on which the Nigeria polity now thrives. It would be entirely appropriate for as many of us as possible to attend the award ceremony on Tuesday, June 12 at Aso Rock in Abuja.”
See full text of letter below:
8th June, 2018
of Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, GCFR Nigeria and the Diaspora
NATIONAL HONOUR FOR LATE BASHORUN MOSHOOD KASHIMAWO OLAWALE ABIOLA AND DESIGNATION OF JUNE 12 AS DEMOCRACY DAY
As you must all be aware by now, President Muhammadu Buhari has heeded our plea and conferred on our beloved Daddy the highest National Honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic(GCFR) and designated June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria going forward.
On our collective behalves, I have accepted these honours and expressed appreciation to the President and the people of Nigeria.
The award was the only befitting recognition of the importance of Daddy’s fight for democracy for Nigeria which culminated in 4 years in incarceration/solitary confinement and decimation of his business and financial interests, before the ultimate sacrifice, being his life at the age of 60, rubbing us all our anchor, mentor and beloved Daddy. In our hearts, we have also always felt that June 12 was the rightful Democracy Day for Nigeria it produced the democratic credentials on which the Nigerian polity now thrives.
It would be entirely appropriate for as many of us as possible to attend the award ceremony on Tuesday June 12 at Aso Rock in Abuja. I know the notice is short and many of us have previous engagements or are abroad. Any of us that are able to attend should please indicate so to Alhaji Akinteye by 10am on Monday so we may ensure proper clearance by the Villa ahead of the day.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. This is what Daddy would have wanted.
Abdul-Lateef Kola Abiola