The family of MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, on Sunday, called on the Federal Government to implement the late politician’s manifesto in order to give succour to less privileged Nigerians.
The Head of Abiola Family, Murtala Abiola, made the call while speaking with newsmen during the annual prayer session for the winner of the 1993 presidential election held at the family compound of Gbagura, Abeokuta.
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The annual prayer session was part of the activities in commemoration of the June 12 Democracy Day Anniversary.
The family head told newsmen that Abiola’s “Farewell to Poverty” manifesto offered a solution on how to provide succour to the students, unemployed and the aged Nigerians.
According to him, there is provision for allowances to the students and the unemployed Nigerians in the manifesto, as part moves to eliminate poverty in the country.
He said, “Nigeria’s money belongs to all Nigerians, whether Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba. And everyone must benefit from it.
“That’s why in MKO Abiola’s manifesto, there is provision that allowances should be given to students and the unemployed Nigerians.
“As an older man, If I leave Nigeria tonight, and I get to the US, they will take me to an old peoples’ home. They will take care of me medically, feeding and all that. Even if I die and nobody claims my corpse, they will take care of the funeral.
“All these programmes should be made accessible in Nigeria. We all travel abroad and see what is obtainable there, but when we return home, we find it difficult to replicate it.
“All the funds end up in their (referring to the political class) pockets. The money will finish, and he, who is keeping the money, will finish.”
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