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You Cannot Honour Abiola and be Praising Abacha - Wole Soyinka tells Buhari

» Date: June 12, 2018
Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate has criticized the President Muhammadu Buhari for Praising Sani Abacha whom he (Wole Soyinka) described as a Military Dictator and also commending Chief MKO Abiola up to the point that he changed the Democracy day from May 29 to June 12 in a bid to celebrate Chief Abiola who was the Presumed winner of the Presidential Election in 1993.
Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka Arriving the Event
Soyinka declared that President Buhari cannot praise Abacha in one hand, and then honour Chief Moshood Abiola in another.

You will recall that some weeks ago, President Buhari declared that no matter what anyone thought of Mr Abacha, he (Abacha) ran one of the Most Effective Governments in all of  Nigeria’s history.

Buhari also took his time to accuse another ex-president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for allegedly mismanaging Billions of Nigeria's funds meant to be used to improve the power sector.


Mr Sani Abacha who was Nigeria’s 10th Military Head of State served as the de-facto President of Nigeria from November 17, 1993 till June 8, 1998.

Mr Sani Abacha’s government was tainted by rampant Corruption and Human Rights abuses, especially for the hanging of Ogoni-born activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, one of several executions of Ogoni activists who opposed to the exploitation of resources in their land.

This and so much more was experienced under Sani Abacha's Dictatorship rule under the Military Regime.


History have it that the Late Chief MKO Abiola (r.i.p) and Mr Olusegun Obasanjo were jailed for treason when Mr Wole Soyinka was also charged with treason.

Chief Abiola was later imprisoned by the Sani Abacha led Military Government as he struggled to actualize his mandate. He later died in prison in 1998.

Mr Buhari on Tuesday morning, conferred Mr Abiola with the Nigeria's Highest Honour, The Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, (GCFR) – a honour exclusively conferred only on Presidents and former Presidents og Nigeria.

While Mr Abiola was given a posthumous award GCFR, his then running mate, Babagana Kingibe, was awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).

Also, late human rights activist and lawyer who championed the June 12 cause, Gani Fawehinmi, was awarded the GCON.
This event took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking at the event, Mr Soyinka asked the President to stop “creating confusion” in the minds of Nigerians.

“It is not possible to honour MKO Abiola in one breath and then admire his tormentor in another breath,” he said.
This were his words
“Loyalty is all very well but loyalty can become perverse if that loyalty is retained to an individual who if he were alive today would be before the International Court of Crimes against humanity. The one who broke the laws of Nigeria, International laws, pauperized this nation, it is confusing if professional loyalty is carried so far as to be accorded such an individual.
“We had a private conversation some time ago and l remember one of the things which l mentioned to you was this …l said you are fighting corruption.. how cometh that a notorious dictator, corrupt ruler, is honored by one of the most important avenues in the capital of Abuja, whereas, individuals like the martyrs of the struggle, philanthropists have not been honored. The answer you gave to me was not too satisfactory.”
He further proposed a hall-of-shame for past Nigerian leaders who were infamous for their brutality to sound as a warning note to would-be bad leaders”.

Mr Soyinka, however, stated that he was “knocked out of his throat” (pleasantly surprised) by the apology rendered by Mr Buhari for the June 12 atrocities.

Nigeria is a place that really needs rehabilitation

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hi guys, i think this is not right, you cannot support both parties at the same time, its highly contradictory. I dont support this...