A group identified as June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations (J12CODEF) has demanded that the federal government approve the portrait of late Chief M.K.O Abiola, on the N50 currency note or future currencies.
The late M.K.O Abiola was the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
The group on Thursday, June 16, made the demand at a briefing in Lagos, lamenting that 23 years after the presidential election, the federal government has not immortalized the late business mogul, Vanguard reports.
Alfred Ilenre, the chairman of the group said: “The Federal Government should posthumously recognize late Chief M.K.O. Abiola as the President Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria based on the June 12, 1993 Presidential election and immortalize the memory of the custodian of the mandate and the day by declaring June 12 every year as M.K.O. Abiola day.”
Ilenre attributed the state of insecurity in the country to lack of successive governments since 1999 to address issues pertaining to the annulled elections.
“This criminal annulment of the election was an assault on the collective sensibilities of millions of Nigerians who freely gave their mandate to late Chief M.K.O. Abiola via the ballot box.
“Thus, the failure of successive governments since the advent of democratic rule in 1999 to address the issue of June 12 on the side of justice has resulted in sundry crisis bedeviling the Nigerian state such as Boko Haram, Indegenous People Of Biafra, IPOB/Biafra, Corruption, militancy in the Niger Delta, Fulani herdsmen menace, kidnappings and others,” he added.
Meanwhile the family of Abiola has said the only way they will forgive Nigeria for the death of the businessman is for him to be declared president and winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 election.
This demand was made by Muritala Abiola, head of the family, on Sunday as the country marked the 23rd anniversary of the cancelled election.
The event was organised by the Ogun state government, starting with a democracy walk from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta to the Oke Ido ancestral home of the Abiolas.