A pro-democracy organisation has requested the Federal Government to immortalise the wife of late Moshood Abiola, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola who was murdered over two decades ago.
In a programme to mark the remembrance of the murder of late Kudirat 23 years ago on Tuesday, the activists gathered at the Ikeja home of Chief Abiola to lay wreath and offer prayer to the fallen heroine, also charged the Federal Government to ensure the quick dispensation of all cases pertaining to the murder of Kudirat.
Speaking at the occasion, chairman of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu said Kudirat Abiola sacrificed her life to make Nigeria better, even as he called on all lovers of freedom and democracy not to allow her die in vain by imbibing all the ideas that she stood for.
Kanu said: “The most important thing now is keep her ideas alive. We call on the relevant authorities to ensure poverty is banished and security must be provided for Nigerians.
“Kudirat’s virtue has been extolled on many occasions, but I must say there was June 12 before June 4.
Again June 4 came about because of June 12. We must not allow her to die in vain,” he said.
Speaking at the occasion, rights activist Femi Aborishade said government must end poverty to make the honour bestowed on M.K.O Abiola realistic.
Aborishade maintained that government pronouncement on June 12 as democracy day fell short of expectations when the people had not eaten or when they did not have shelter over their heads.
He said that he knew for certain that the poor were united in the country, while those in power and the politicians had been working hard to keep them divided. He said that Kudirat was killed because those in power felt that she would better the lots of the less privileged in the society.
President of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Odumakin said government should immortalise Kudirat by naming a national monument after her. She added that the slain activist should be recognised as official first lady, noting that all insignia of office be given her posthumously.
Responding, Alhaji Jamiu Abiola said the family appreciated the efforts of pro-democracy group to keep the memory of Kudirat Abiola alive.