President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the Special National Honours Investiture and award presentation to heroes of June 12, 1993 election, which was canceled by the military government of former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), apologised to the family of late Chief Moshood Abiola (MKO).
According to Buhari, the event was not to open old wounds, but to bury negative sides of June 12 and it hates, frustration and agony.
“I honestly invite all Nigerians across all our national divides to accept it in good faith. Our action today is to bury the negative sides of June 12, the side of ill feelings, hates, frustration and agony.
“What we are doing is celebrating and appreciating the positive sides of June 12.
“The June 12 which reinstates democracy and freedom, the June 12 that overcome our various divides and the June that produces unity and national cohesion.
“This is the June 12 we are celebrating today and we will nurture it to our next generation
“Accordingly, on behalf of the Federal Government, I tender the nation apology to the family of late MKO Abiola who got the highest votes and to those that lost their loved ones in the course of June 12 struggle,’’ he said.
IBB and former President Olusegun Obasanjo who were also supposed to be present at the event reportedly tendered their apologies. IBB was absent due to his health conditions, while OBJ was out of the country for a book launch.