President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday apologized on behalf of the administration of former President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida for annulling the June 12, 1993 presidential elections presumably won by the late MKO Abiola.
He spoke at the investiture of national honours on Abiola and others who played key roles in ensuring that Nigeria returned to democratic government.
The President conferred posthumous national honours on Chief M.K.O. Abiola as Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), Chief Gani Fawehinmi as the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) and decoration of Ambassador Babagana Kingibe with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).
Stressing that the government now cannot rewind back to 1993, but he said that it can correct some of the errors made by the government at the time.
The awards and recognitions, he said, is in the national interest and boost reconciliation.
“What we are doing is to celebrate the positive side of June 12.” he said
He urged all Nigerians to accept the recognitions and awards in good faith.
According to him, Nigeria will no longer tolerate such perversion of justice.