The senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has criticised the national honour bestowed on the late MKO Abiola.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, on Wednesday, honoured Abiola with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, GCFR, 20 years after his demise. It is the highest honour in the land.
Abiola was believed to have won what has been described as Nigeria’s freest and fairest election in 1993, but the election was subsequently annulled by military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, while Abiola was subsequently by the military dictator Sani Abacha.
Abiola died in jail five years into his imprisonemnet.
Senator Melaye, quoting from the Constitution, faulted the post-humous honour.
See the video, courtesy, @dino_melaye:
Honouring Abiola is great but must be done within the ambit of law https://t.co/7kdEcQuutf
— Senator Dino Melaye (@dino_melaye) June 7, 2018