Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi West, has cautioned President Muhammdu Buhari against his latest move of breaching the constitution in conferring Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on MKO Abiola.
Malaye said the acclaimed June 12 1993 presidential election winner is a dead man and no longer a Nigerian citizen.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared June 12 as Democracy day. In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday, said this directive was to honuor “an illustrious son of Nigeria, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola” the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election.
But Melaye at the Senate on Thursday, said the national honours can only be conferred on an individual when the president receives the recipient in person saying ‘a person shall be eligible for appointment to any rank or holder unless he is a citizen of Nigeria. A dead man is not a citizen of the federal republic of Nigeria.’ We should not be emotional about this.’
The law maker cited 43(2) of the National Honours Act “Section (2) says ‘ a person shall be eligible for appointment to any rank or holder unless he is a citizen of Nigeria. A dead man is not a citizen of the federal republic of Nigeria.’ We should not be emotional about this.
“The law remains the law. 3(2) subject to the next notice, ‘A person shall be appointed to a particular rank of an order when the president receives him in person.”
“I am a democrat, I believe very sincerely that Chief M.K.O Abiola deserve even more than the president has pronounced because he is a true patriot, philanthropist and should be sole decorated. But Mr. President, we are governed in the country by the constitution and extant laws,” the lawmaker said, citing 43(2) of the national honours act
The senator who emphasized that that law must be followed accordingly, told the president that unless the law is amended, it’s provisions should be followed accordingly.