The New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) led by Dr Boniface Aniebonam on Sunday, urged Nigerians to forgive former military ruler, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida over the annulled June 12, presidential elections.
In a statement signed by its Secretary-General in Lagos, Mr Major Agbo, the NNPP stated that “IBB displayed a rare remorse by apologising to Nigerians on June 12.”
“The NNPP notes with great admiration, the courage displayed by IBB for taking responsibility over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections.”
“The fact is not lost on NNPP that it is a rare display of remorse for a Nigerian leader to acknowledge a mistake, and seek forgiveness, an attribute which our great party holds as one of the ingredients needed for new Nigeria,” it stated.
The party further said that “with this remorse, Nigerians will lay to rest all agitations, bitterness and hatred over June 12, 1993 elections”.
The NNPP, however, lauded the courage of those who fought for the actualisation of the June 12 result and also prayed that those who lost their lives in the struggle would rest in perfect peace in the bosom of God.
“Particular mention must be made of late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the election and his darling wife late Mrs kudirat Abiola.”
Both lost their lives in the struggle to actualise the election result.
“ We acknowledge that no amount of apology can bring back these precious jewels and many others who died as a consequence of that mistake.”
“We, however, want to say that in line with the teaching of the holy books, we should let by gone be by gone.”
According to the party, in the spirit of national reconciliation, it appeals to members of late M.K.O. Abiola’s family in particular and the entire aggrieved Nigerian community in general to put the entire episode behind them as Christians and Moslems.”
“We do hope that other past leaders who might have made such mistakes would toe the line of reconciliation with Nigerians.”
“Perhaps, if there is anything Gen. Babangida and any other such past leader could do to assuage the feelings of people, now is the time to do it.”
“No sacrifice is too much for the sake of our dear country,” it added.
The NNPP also stated that the time was ripe for proper re-alignment that would enable politicians of like minds to come together under the same umbrella to achieve the Nigeria of our dreams.
The party announced that it intended to extend its hand of fellowship to great hands, like any Nigerian who is at cross-roads in whatever political camp they belong to be part of a new direction for Nigeria using its platforms.