As the nation remembers June 12, 1993 presidential election and its tragic hero, late Chief MKO Abiola, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to stop admiring and displaying loyalty to Abiola’s “Tormentor-in-Chief.”
The revered playwright was apparently referring to the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, who clamped the business mogul to jail for about five years after the latter declared himself as president.
Speaking on Tuesday at an investiture ceremony where Buhari bestowed the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on Abiola, he said Buhari cannot honour MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, while also “praising” Abacha, his (Abiola’s) “tormentor”.
Newsworth recalls that at a recent meeting with members of his support organisation, Buhari had said, “No matter what opinion you have about Abacha, I agreed to work with him and the PTF road we did from here to Port Harcourt, to Onitsha, to Benin and so on.”
Soyinka wondered why President Buhari will continue to display loyalty to a man he described as “one of the worst dictators in the history of the country” and who should be having his days in court for crime against humanity.
Soyinka said that in a private meeting with Buhari, he had also raised concerns over how the President could be saying his administration was fighting corruption, whereas a major road in the Federal Capital Territory is named after a “corrupt former leader.”
He said he was not satisfied with the response he got from Buhari.
He called on the President to consider establishing a Hall of Shame for those who have wronged the country, just as he puts up Hall of Fame for the nation’s heroes, stressing that Abacha would have been standing trial at the International Criminal Court if he was still alive.
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