“Furthermore, coming from a President, a former military Head of State, and someone of different extraction from MKO Abiola’s, you have actually validated the unique achievement of the June 12, 1993 presidential election as a Pan-Nigerian Mandate. You have made history, Mr. President, and you are emerging quickly as the father of a true new Nigeria where the ethos of unity and notion of the New Tribe is being entrenched.”
“Also, the posthumous award of GCON on late Senior Advocate the Masses (SAM), Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN, is more than an icing on the cake! Till date, Gani Fawehinmi remains inimitable, irreplaceable and unforgettable in Nigeria’s strive for democracy, the rule of law, and a just and egalitarian society.
“Gani, as he was fondly called by many, towered above his contemporaries as a people’s advocate. He was an uncommon critic, who never criticized government policies without offering alternatives”.
“It is our desire to see Nigeria’s living heroes and heroines of the June 12 struggle come together again and seize this recognition as a call to reinvent, reinvoke and reinvigorate our struggle for genuine representative democracy”, the statement added.