The family of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola has hailed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to honour their late father with a posthumous award of GCFR.
Daughter of Abiola Hasfat Abiola-Costello said in her reaction:”I stopped expecting my country to do the right thing for my father and instead began to understand why Nigeria struggles to find patriots among its leaders, until today”.
“There are no words that can capture the depth of my gratitude nor the breadth of my joy,” she added.
Buhari has awarded Abiola the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and has named 12 June as Democracy Day – the date in 1993 when the military annulled his victory in presidential elections.
Abiola was then detained for four years. Aged 60, he died in suspicious circumstances on the day he was due to be released.
Abiola’s son Abdulmumuni Abiola welcomed Buhari’s decision to honour him, saying it showed his father did not die in vain.
“I just want the country to be moving in a better direction now. I think that is the most important thing,” he added.