Hafsat Abiola, daughter of Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has brought reconciliation and healing in the country by recognising June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
Hafsat stated this during an emotion-laden speech to thank the Federal Government after the conferment of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on Chief Abiola.
She said that the award and President Buhari’ apology to the wrong done to his father and the people of Nigeria, meant so much to her.
Hafsat said: “It is difficult to try to stand in the shoes of a giant of one of the greatest human beings that the world ever had. But that is the responsibility that I bear today.
“Even for Chief MKO Abiola, it was difficult to imagine how he would speak to Nigerians in his inauguration speech.
“My mum told me how he would stand in front of the mirror, preparing the speech because the results were coming in and he thought he would surely deliver the speech.
“You know he was a stammerer and he would start … fellow Nigerians and he never really got pass fellow Nigerians. He would say a few words and then reply not like that, and he would start again.”