MKO ABIOLA HONOUR, A POLITICAL GIMMICK OR NOT?
That President Muhammadu Buhari is a man who cannot be predicted is already an established fact, like the typical cat with nine lives, he always has some aces to play with. Seeing the way the popularity and love for the APC had suddenly degenerated in the minds of Nigerians due to the unexplained hardship that is still persistent in the economy, even though the country is said to have exited recession since 1st quarter of 2017.
Nigerians in their usual way have made up their minds on what to do at the polls come 2019, and as such any serious politician who wants to maintain his present political position would do anything to sustain his popularity and retain his position in the pools next year.
Which is why a lot of dust has been raised by critics on the sudden decision of the President to honour the late MKO Abiola, Gani Fawehinmi and Babagana Kingibe. The Federal Government did not only honour these individuals, he declared Abiola President-Elect and also tendered a public apology to their families and also to those who fought for the annulled June 12 elections. Like a government determined to get back into the good books of its subjects, June 12 has also been declared as Nigeria’s Democracy Day as against May 29, which used to be the Democracy Day.
While haters like Senator Dino Melaye, critics and supporters alike have hailed this bold move by the Buhari government, many others have described it as a desperate attempt to cling unto power in next year’s polls. With some other factions like former adviser to Vice President Atiku Abubarkar, Umar Ardo, threatening to sue the government over these honours and the likes of ex CJN Belgore, citing it as an abuse of our constitution. The question now is which way Nigeria?
But for Lagosians, Abiola family and lovers of June 12, it was a victory all the same, as previously Lagos and Ogun states celebrate June 12 as a holiday anyway. And this year Governor Ambode upped the game by unveiling a 46 feet statue of MKO Abiola strategically located at Ojota Bridge on the way to Third Mainland Bridge.
Do you think President Buhari was merely playing politics by giving out these honours?