The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s posthumous recognition of MKO Abiola, as the winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential Election, as a Past President as well as according him with all honors due to the late business mogul.
Speaking to Pressmen at the Ake Palace today, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo commended President Buhari for living up to the long awaited expectation of the larger majority of Nigerians.
For recognizing Abiola and declaring June 12 as the Democracy Day in place of May 29, the Alake said that President Buhari had taken a momentous decision which will endear him to posterity.
He explained that it would not be fair to assume that President Buhari took the decision for political reasons.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo pointed out that Buhari was known for his proverbial propriety and sense of justice adding that it was better late than ever.
He said that he was not blaming any earlier administrations that could have done justice to MKO Abiola, but Buhari had finally made both the Egba Nation and the Nigerians in general that Nigeria could still celebrate the freest and the most credible Presidential election ever in Nigeria.
Oba Gbadebo urged all Egba at home and abroad to appreciate President Buhari for making it possible for Egba alone to have officially produced three Presidents with National Honour of GCFR, which, the Egba Monarch argued, they earned and justifiably deserved.
Present at the Press briefing were the Olu of Ilupeju Okeodo, Oba Muftau Akindele, the Adanijo – Chief Lawrence Bankole and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.