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June 12: Presidency To Show Documentary Recognizing Abiola As 1993 Election Winner On TV

A documentary recognizing the late Chief MKO Abiola as the winner of the 1993 presidential election in Nigeria is

set to be premiered on the tv, the presidency has revealed.

The documentary titled ‘Nigeria: Consolidating Democracy and National Unity’ will be shown on the Nigeria Television

Authority (NTA) and Channels TV, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu disclosed on Tuesday.

Shehu also added that the documentary, features President Muhammadu Buhari, Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All

Progressives Congress (APC), and Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state.

He also added that the documentary features two children of the late MKO Abiola — Kola and Hafsat as well as Mohammed, son of Gani Fawehinmi, the late human rights lawyer.

Also featured are the children of Sir Tafawa Balewa, the country’s first and only prime minister, Chief Obafemi Awolowo,

the first republic opposition leader and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president.

However, the documentary was filmed by Ose Oyemande.

The Documentary

However, “The documentary is to commemorate the third anniversary of the landmark decision by President Muhammadu Buhari

to officially recognise the annulled election and award its winner, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) national honour,” the statement reads.

“The film features President Buhari and also dignitaries who were central to the annulled election and the events that

followed, including General Abdulsalam Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Kola Abiola, Hafsat Abiola-Costello and

Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who we also recognised with a Grand

Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) national honour.

However, “With sections dedicated to the annulled election, the recognition process and the evolution of Nigerian democracy from

Independence in 1960, we will be treating viewers to a political documentary on the scale never seen in Nigeria’s film and

television history with revelations from key actors.

Filmed exclusively in Nigeria and directed by the award winning, Nigerian-American, Hollywood-based filmmaker, Ose

Oyamendan, the documentary also traces the evolution of Nigerian democracy and the continuous quest for national unity.

“Also featured are the children of Sir Tafawa Balewa, the country’s first and only prime minister, Chief Obafemi Awolowo,

the first republic opposition leader and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president.

“Viewers will also will also see and hear many others including Ambassador Shehu Malami, nephew of Sir Ahmadu Bello

and son of Sultan Abubakar III, as they capture the spirit of Nigeria’s independence Day as never revealed before.”

By Cynthia N.

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