Victims of June 12 struggle demand compensation

2018-06-13 07:50:00
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Victims of the political struggle during the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was subsequently annulled, are demanding compensation from the Federal Government.Some of them have since the political upheavals that trailed the annulment, been living with injuries sustained, while others were disabled or had lost relatives and loved ones during the prolonged political fracas at the height of the military rule.These victims spoke to The Guardian yesterday at the 24th anniversary of the Epetedo declaration by Bashorun Moshood Abiola, which was organised by the Coalition for a Better Nigeria. They requested for reward and recognition by the government.One of the victims who lost one of his legs during the struggle, SDP and NADECO youth leader, Comrade Abiodun Mustapha, described his survival during the June 12 tussle as God’s favour.He said: “The president has done well by recognising June 12 as a day of history in Nigeria. This has given me hope that my efforts and struggle wasn’t in vain.I led the rally that day, a lot of people died; my survival was God’s grace.After I was shot, I was locked up by Gen. Sani Abacha twice, because they believed I was antagonising his government even with my condition.”Mustapha commended the Federal Government for adopting June 12 as democracy day.Although he lost a leg, he is seeking financial help from the government.“I am a house agent and fashion designer, all I want is financial support to fund my business.”Another victim, Comrade Akinola Orisagbemi, who is the Personal Assistant to Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, wife of Chief MKO Abiola, said he was shot 16 times when Kudirat was killed.He said: “Buhari has done well, the past leaders never recognised Abiola, the president has done well and I believe in him and the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.”
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