June 12: Why I Abandoned Abiola – Kingibe

  • Babagana says national interest supersedes personal interest.
  • …..“I don’t think the celebration on the actual 12th of June 1993 …

Babagana Kingibe, the running mate of the presumed winner of June 12 presidential election, MKO Abiola has stated that he abandoned Abiola to work under the military government of Sani Abacha because of ‘national interest’ .

Speaking journalists on Sunday in Maiduguri, Borno State, during his visit to Governor Babagana Umara, he said he knew that his party won the poll.

“I know that injustice was done when those elections were annulled but there is always one guiding principle in my public life which is that the national interest supersedes any other considerations. All my actions have been informed by this consciousness of what is best in the national interest.”

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“When we think of the collective good there are times when we have to sacrifice personal interests and join hands in rebuilding society and bringing peace and harmony to our people: I have addressed this issue of why did I join Abacha’s government and so on.”

While nothing that celebration of June 12 was not as a great as celebrating democracy in 1993.

“I don’t think the celebration on the actual 12th of June 1993 was any greater than the celebration of the first democracy day on June 12; And for that I have to thank the Governor who gave the leadership, thank the people of Borno not only for celebrating June 12 as democracy day per se, but I know that they also had in mind that one of their own, their own son was also a critical player, I appreciate the confidence and love.

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“I do appeal to all sons and daughters of Borno to always think of what is in the best interest of the people of Borno in all we do. I hope that some of us will take initiatives and appeal to people of quality who have measurable followership like Kashim Imam, Mohammed Kumalia and all those who contested and those who did not contest.

“There are leaders in Borno that are just looking at development with sadness but not being able to take initiatives to bring our people together. I hope that we will wake up and come together.”

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