The Oniworo of Iworo Kingdom in Lagos State, Oba Idris Oladele Kosoko, has urged the Federal Government to recognise members of the National Assembly who were affected by the annulment of the poll said to have been won by Chief M. K. O Abiola.
The monarch and Third Republic House of Representative member for Badagry hailed the Federal Government for its magnanimous gesture to the man strongly believed to have sacrificed so much for Nigerias democratic struggle.
But he saw loopholes in the arrangement that excluded other instruments of the democracy institution.
I commend the manner in which President Muhammadu Buhari handled the issue of June 12. He magnanimously approved the election of Bashorun M. K. O. Abiola as the President-elect and recognised the position of Vice-President Babagana Kingibe as rightfully elected.
To me, it is a good thing because thats what Nigerians are looking forward to. The election was adjudged to be free and fair with all other apparatuses of democratic institutions duly elected as well.
If that be the case, legislators who were serving in the Third Republic – and I was one of them – should be remembered and given their allowances. If June 12 is now officially recognised as Democracy Day with allowances granted to the families of the President and Vice-President, then all those instruments or products of June 12, comprising the Third Republic senators and House of Representatives members should also be recognised.
These groups made a huge sacrifice and kept faith to sustain Nigerias democracy then before it was disrupted by the annulment, he said.
Author: Our Reporter