Call it political strategies, President Muhammadu Buhari has done what many of his predecessors failed to do by recognizing the heroes of June 12, 1993 election.
Buhari declared June 12, Nigeria’s Democracy Day instead of the May 29 and posthumously awarded the winner of the June 12, 1993, Chief MKO Abiola with the highest title of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic.
Perhaps, Buhari has done it to woo the southwestern people of the country, this singular act will go down memory lane in the history of democracy.
Yes, Buhari is tagged a dictator, this latest move shows the civil blood in him to have erased the errors of the past leaders.
Every tactic is right when it comes to politics, it seems Buhari got this right. Former President Goodluck Jonathan would have done this as he struggled to retain power in 2015 when he erroneously renamed the University of Lagos after MKO Abiola. The university community rejected the declaration.
However, today MKO Abiola has found himself in the rightful place of history, though in the grave, his legacies reverberate.
Some say that Buhari took this action to spite his critic, chief among them, former President Olusegun Obasanjo whom for eight years of his tenure never recognised MKO.
After, Obasanjo, there was Umoru Musa Yar’Adua and Jonathan. However Buhari came to right the wrongs of the past leaders.