Olisa Agbakoba, a senior advocate and human rights activist, has said that the family of late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, should have stated conditions for the acceptance of the national honour conferred on the late politician.
He said this on Tuesday, while addressing journalists at the commemoration of the silver jubilee of June 12, which held at MKO’s residence in Ikeja, Lagos.
Agbakoba, who also fought for the restoration of the June 12 mandate, said the family should have demanded that MKO be declared president, and that Buhari begins to obey the rule of law in the country as conditions for accepting the award.
“Late Chief Abiola’s family should have demanded that he be declared president and should have also demanded that he should start obeying the rule of law in the country before accepting the posthumous award”, he said.
The former NBA chairman also said it is regretable that the lessons of June 12 has not been imbibed as a nation 25 years after Abiola’s death.
“How would any ask if the lessons of June 12 has been learnt as a nation?” he retorted.
“No electricity, no food, no education, people are being killed on a daily basis. These were the things MKO died for and nothing has been done about them uptil now”.
The legal luminary echoed the opinion of some Nigerians, who believe Buhari’s decision to hounour the late politician less than nine months to next year’s general elections, has a political undertone.
“He’s looking for votes in next year’s election, that why he did it, but let’s stroll salute him for doing it. People like Obasanjo didnt do it. It has a shade of 2019, we’ll take it, but won’t listen to him next year, ” he added.
He also lamented that the memory of other prominent activists, such as Ken Sarowiwa, who died for democratic values were gradually being forgotten.