Fawehinmi’s eldest son, Muhammed, in his goodwill message described Buhari as Nigeria’s first sensitive and reasonable Head of State for his decision to revisit the annulled election.
He spoke shortly after his mother, Ganiat, received the insignia of the GCON from the President.
He urged Nigerians to shun ethnicity and support Buhari.
Muhammed said, “Your Excellency, I want to congratulate you for this gesture. You are the first sensitive and reasonable Head of State that has listened to Nigerians and acted accordingly. June 12 is the foundation of democracy in this country. The recognition of Chief MKO Abiola as President-elect in this country, not as presumed winner, I thank God that I have seen today.
“I congratulate the family of MKO Abiola and everybody present. I am proud of all of you. I also congratulate all of my family members here present. These people stood their ground, sacrificed all they had for this country and I thank God that their sacrifices have not been in vain.
“Today is symbolic because it shows the entrenchment of unity of all citizens of this country regardless of your tribe, ethnic background, religious beliefs because we are all Nigerians.”
Kingibe lauds President Buhari
In his remarks, Kingibe commended the President for the courage displayed by recognising June 12.
He said the gesture proved Buhari to be a man of conviction, who was clear on what was right and what was wrong; what was just and what was travesty of justice.
“The decision came to you naturally because you are a principled politician who refuses to be swayed by the expediency of the moments,” he stated.
Kingibe recalled Abiola as a man of great wit and persuasive powers, full of energy and a great philanthropist truly committed to improving the lot of the poor masses.
“Indeed, MKO was the messiah Nigerians never had the opportunity to feel his liberating impact. The annulment of June 12 election had the tragic consequence of dissolving that unity we as a people exhibited on that historic date and turning us into a divided people who began to see one another as enemies.
“We must be thankful that we eventually survived the prolonged crisis, even with all the collateral damage to our body polity. Today, the President has called upon us to intern the ghost of the acrimony surrounding June 12 and celebrate the principles and the joys it brought,” he said.