June 12: Obasanjo, IBB Missing At Abiola’s Victory Party
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was among the personalities absent at the Tuesday posthumous investiture of Moshood Abiola as Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).
The former President, however, sent an apology to the organizers of the event, which was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Gen. Ibrahim Babangida who annulled the June 12, 1993, presidential election was also conspicuously absent.
Abiola was awarded GCFR, the highest title in the land, while Baba Gana Kingibe and Gani Fawehinmi were awarded GCON.
At the event, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, informed the gathering that Obasanjo and Babangida both expressed regrets for their inability to attend
Obasanjo noted that he was currently engaged outside the country.
IBB also sent an apology, attributing his inability to attend to health issues.
In the last few years, IBB has not made public appearance and routinely travels abroad for medical treatment.
Currently, the former ruler cannot walk properly unless aided.
A close aide to Obasanjo disclosed that the former leader left the country since last Friday.
He said Obasanjo has been scheduled to attend a book launch outside the country even before the award investiture of MKO Abiola and others was announced by the federal government.
“Baba jetted out last Friday; but his trip was planned long ago.
“I’m aware he personally reached out to the presidency to explain that he would not be able to attend today’s event.
“I think he will return to Nigeria on Wednesday or Thursday”, the source said.
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