President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 12 apologised to the family of the late Chief Moshood Abiola for the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election which he won.
President Buhari apologies as he performed the investiture of national honours on MKO Abiola and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) that contested the election in 1993.
According to Buhari, revisiting the annulled election was not an attempt to open an old wound but to put right what has wrongly been done.
He said it was clear that Abiola was already winning the election when the government of the day inexplicably cancelled it.
He stated that Nigerians will no longer tolerate such traversal of justice.
Buhari also tendered national apologies to all those who struggled for the actuallisation of the election, including journalists, politicians and all other stakeholders.
He presented the awards to Mr Kola Abiola, son of MKO Abiola; Mrs Ganiat Fawehinmi, wife of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi; and Ambassador Babagana Kingigbe, who was the running mate to Abiola.
Buhari also approved the conferment of National Honours on Rt. Honourable, Chief Agunwa Anekwe, former Speaker, House of Representatives in the Third Republic; Senator Iyorchia Ayu, former Senate President in the Third Republic; and Senator Ameh Ebute, Senate President in the Third Republic for their contribution to the enthronement of democratic governance in the country.
He said the ceremony was not to open old wounds of inexplicable annulment of the election which was clear to have been won by MKO Abiola.
Buhari declared a minute silence in honour of the victims of June 12.
Mr Kola Abiola and his sister Hafsat Abiola who spoke on behalf of the family lauded Buhari for the honour done to the gladiators of June 12 and for honouring their father.
Hafsat who acknowledged the apology also tendered apology to President Buhari and members of his family.