June 12: Tofa Should Also Be Honoured For Political Balance – Buhari’s Associate

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By:  JABIRU A.  HASSAN, Kano


 The  Federal Government   has been called upon to include Alhaji Bashir Othman  Tofa into the National Award  receipients for the role he played in the 1993 general elections for Nigeria’s democratic balance.

The call was made by  a prominent politician and a political associate to president Muhammadu Buhari,  Alhaji Nasir Muktar in an interview with our correspondent in Kano.

He noted  that Alhaji Bashir Tofa must be remembered for  being a great hero in history Nigeria’s political history.

He said that without Bashir Tofa as a contestant, Chief Abiola would  not have been abe to contest the said annuled election, therefore Bashir Tofa and his running mate, Chief Sylvester Ugoh as well as the then INEC Chairman,  Professor Humphrey  Nwosu should also be honoured equally with Chief Abiola, his running mate Babagana Kingibe and late Gani Fawehinmi.

Similarly,  Alhaji Nasir disclosed that in the present democratic dispensation, Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa deserves the national honour like Chief M.K.O.Abiola because they all played an excellent role towards the democratic progress of this great country despite the annulment of that peacefull and fair election that Nigeria witnessed.

He pointed out that Alhaji Bashir Tofa has no right to reject the award and he is eligible to receive it. 

 Commenting on the nation’s democracy Day,   Alhaji Nasir Muktar  said that  President Buhari  has done  a commendable  effort  by changing Nigeria’s democracy  day from 29th May to June 12  becauce 29 May  was a day when a military  regime handed over power to yet another selected former military man as president which should not be selected as  democracy day unlike June  12.


In conclussion, Alhaji Nasir Muktar advised Nigerians to love one another and allow  peace and unity to reign because God has made us to stay and live together.

He thanked  President  Buhari for his commitment to  Nigeria’s progress despite all  the  leadership challenges.

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