A former United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to immediately include the name of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola, among the list of Nigeria’s heads of state.
He made this call on Sunday evening as regards how he viewed the federal government’s honouring of the late Abiola with the country’s highest national award, GCFR.
Carrington said: “From this day forward any listing of Nigeria’s Heads of State must include the name of Moshood Abiola, because on June 12, 1993 he clearly and decisively won what was then universally hailed as the freest and fairest election in the country’s history. On that day when Abiola swept even the home district of his opponent (Bashir Tofa, who had expressed his reservations about the award bestowed on Abiola), Nigeria was more united ethnically, religiously and regionally than it had ever been before or has been since.”
“But then, before the results were officially announced, the election was annulled. The mandate the whole country, North and South, had bestowed upon the president-elect was suddenly stolen from him at the behest of military leaders who feared that he would return them to the barracks where they belonged,” the diplomat added.