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Obasanjo, IBB, Saraki, others absent as Abiola’s investiture


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida and former President Olusegun Obasanjo were among the prominent personalities conspicuously absent at the Tuesday’s posthumous investiture of Moshood Abiola as Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR.

Mr Babangida who annulled the June 12, 1993, presidential election however sent an apology, attributing his inability to attend to health issues.

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Mr Obasanjo also sent an apology to the event holding inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, saying he was currently engaged outside the country.

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The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara were also absent.

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However, President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred the title, Grand Commander Of the Federal Republic on Mr Abiola amids wide cheers and applauses.

Mr Buhari also apologised to the family of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 for his travails after the election.

The president gave the apology in Abuja on Tuesday after conferring the title, Grand Commander Of the Federal Republic on Abiola.

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“On behalf of the Federal Government, I tender the nation’s apology to the family of late MKO Abiola, who got the highest vote [in the election], and to those that lost their loved ones in the course of the June 12 struggle,” President Buhari said before getting guests to observe a minute’s silence in honour of those who died.

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