…says he almost scuttled his family.
By Moses Adeniyi
The son of the late Human Right Activist, Gani Fawehinmi, has attacked the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, describing him as a retired element who has no choice than to go to hide.
Speaking at the special event organized by the Conveners of June 12 Movement of Nigeria, in commemoration of 20 years of uninterrupted democratic government in Nigeria, Fawehinmi attacked Obasanjo vociferously, describing him as an enemy of democracy who has lost value in the realms of democratic governance in Nigeria.
He alleged that Obasanjo almost scuttled his family when he was a little boy, adding that his father was picked-up on a regular basis, being subjected to harsh treatment under the watch of Obasanjo.
Aggressively speaking he said “I looked at the celebration this morning and I saw Hafsat (Hafsat Abiola) sitting very close to the President. I looked around for Obasanjo, he was not there, I looked around for IBB, they were not there. We thank God that people of shame have gone to hide.
We thank God that Hafsat was being honoured on behalf of the Abiola’s family and Obasanjo has to run away. It is a joy for me. You cannot understand what it means to me because Obasanjo nearly, scuttled my family when I was a little boy. From the age of six to the age of twelve. My father was picked-up at random every single night. Talk of three months, talk two months, sometimes for two weeks but we thank God now My father too was recognized, and I was recognized in good light by the Abiola’s family.”
Commenting further he condemned Obasanjo saying that he failed to yield the call made from different quarters to set aside June 12 as the scheduled day for the celebration of democracy day in Nigeria adding that the request was granted by President Muhammadu Buhari who is least expected to do so.
He described June 12 as a symbol of the birth of a proper political structure in Nigeria while calling on the youth to awake from their slumber and take up the mantle of political leadership in the country.
“Obasanjo was given the opportunity to become President and when the Yoruba Progressives, not just the Yoruba Progressives, the June 12 Progressives approached him, he said no no no no it’s not going to happen, let’s forget about it and move on. But today now he might probably be in Otta. The last time the GCSR Award was convene for the Abiola’s family, he was lying that he went to Norway, maybe today he might be in Japan.
But we thank God because today is being recognized as June 12 symbolizes the beginning of a proper political structure for Nigeria. The election of June 12 showed that regardless of what religion you are, regardless of what tribe you are, provided that you are a Nigerian and you are accepted, you are due to be voted for.
MKO Abiola was voted for and he was deprived that opportunity to rule this country. We are suffering for it now, but we pray that President Muhammadu Buhari will be able to do what MKO Abiola would have done.
My advice now will go to the young ones, people like me and below… Let us know what our history is like. Let us know who and who are the proper people to recognize, who and who are the proper people to forget. For people like me, I know my history and I believe that one day when one of these so called old politicians because these are new breeds, when they talk in public, you find may be twenty or so who will shut them up, were you not the one who embezzled money? Were you not the one who stopped free education? Were you not the one who caused my father and mother’s death when you stole all the money? The truth will always come out.”
Moreover, the Personal Assistant to Late Kubirat Abiola commending the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari in recognizing June 12, backed Fawehinmi in condemning Obasanjo’s attitude on his refusal to grant June 12 as the date slated for the democracy day in Nigeria describing him as a bad leader while.