JUST IN: Nationwide Applaud As Senator Dino Melaye Raises A Very Intelligent Point, Calls President Buhari To Immediate Order, Over The M.K.O. Abiola Honour

By Post-Nigeria: June 7, 2018 17:14

JUST IN: Nationwide Applaud As Senator Dino Melaye Raises A Very Intelligent Point, Calls President Buhari To Immediate Order, Over The M.K.O. Abiola Honour

JUST IN: Senator Dino Melaye Raises Alarm Over President Buhari’s Breach Of The Country’s Consitution, Sends Warning Signal

Senator Dino Melaye, has cautioned President Muhammdu Buhari, against breaching the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, in his latest move of conferring the Honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on Moshood Abiola, the widely acclaimed winner of the annulled 1993 Presidential election.

Recall, that Buhari on June 6, had directed the Honour be conferred on Abiola. He also said that June 12, will henceforth be preserved as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, to further honour him.

The President, also directed that Abiola’s running mate, Babagana Kingibe, be conferred with the second highest Honour of Grand Commander of the Niger, GCON.

The Honour of GCFR was exclusive to Presidents and former Presidents, until President Shehu Shagari conferred it on Obafemi Awolowo, in the Second Republic.

Citing Chapter 43 (2) of the National Honours Act, on Thursday, however, Senator Melaye argued that the Act does not allow for conferment of the Honour on non-Nigerians.

He stated that Abiola is dead, and that automatically makes him not to be a Nigerian anymore.

His words: “I am a Democrat, I believe very sincerely that Chief M.K.O. Abiola deserves even more than the President has pronounced, because he is a true patriot, philanthropist, and should be so decorated.

“But Mr. President, we are governed in the country by the Constitution and extant laws. No matter how beautiful a situation is, the law of the land remains the law of the land.”

The Lawmaker mentioned a section of the law, which he claimed buttresses his point.

“Subsection 2 of the Act, says that 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.”

Melaye also argued that the Act provides that such Honour be conferred on the recipient in person, and since Mr. Abiola is dead, he cannot receive the award.

“Subject to the next notice, a person shall be appointed to a particular rank of an order, when the President receives him in person”, he said.

“Mr. President, they said in person. For us to do what we are supposed to do, we would have to amend the provisions of this Act, because anything we need to do, we have to do in accordance with the provisions of the law.”

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