Declare Abiola president if truely you want to honour him- Dino Melaye

Honour For Chief MKO Abiola: Misrepresentation Of My Views And
The Need To Set The Record Straight
Since last two days, I have been inundated with calls and text
messages from well-meaning Nigerians especially my constituents,
who want to inquire my exact position on the declaration of June
12 as the new Democracy Day and the conferment of the highest
National Honours of GCFR on the late Chief MKO Abiola, the
presumed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election.
For the avoidance of doubt, my views and belief on the sanctity of
June 12 and the place of the late Chief MKO Abiola in Nigeria’s
democratic history, have not changed and will not. Hence, in my
view, the decision by the Federal Government led by President
Muhammadu Buhari to honour the late business mogul was
deserving and long overdue save for the attendant legal issues
raised.
It is a verifiable fact that I have canvassed for this recognition for
Chief Abiola over the years, and granted interview to Channels
Television two years ago, where I advocated for same.
Let me make also it abundantly clear that while both Chief Abiola
and the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) deserved
more than the GCFR and GCON Honours respectively to be
bestowed on them posthumously next Tuesday, it is however
important that the right thing being done in their memory should
not have any blemish in the guise of the current debate for legality
or otherwise of the historic Honours as we are witnessing now.
I urge the Federal Government to do the needful and display
sincerity of purpose by officially recognising Chief Abiola as
President-elect and cause the official results of the June 12, 1993
presidential election to be released by INEC since President Buhari
himself had admitted in the Presidential Order designating June 12
as Democracy Day, the most freest and credible election, and then
the GCFR title will therefore have a meaning.
If the right thing is done now by the Federal Government by
proposing amendment to the National Honours Act 1964 to
accommodate the current developments, no government in future
will reverse the decision. This is my stand as a lawmaker.

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2 Comments

  1. Good update

  2. Hmmmm.

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