Ozekhome reveals why MKO Abiola, Gani Fawenhinmi would hold outrightly rejected Buhari’s GCFR, GCON
– Chief Mike Ozekhome has disclosed why late Chief Moshood Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN would have rejected president Buhari’s posthumous award
– Ozekhome said late Gani when he was alive rejected the national honour of OFRN bestowed on him by former president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
– He also said late late Abiola would have insisted that his campaign slogan of “farewell to poverty” be accomplished first before accepting the award
Human Rights Activist and Constitutional Lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome has spoken about president Muhammadu Buhari’s posthumous award to Chief Moshood Kachimawo Abiola and the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN.
President Buhari conferred on Grand Commander of Federal Republic on late Abiola and he awarded late Fawehinmi Grand Commander of Nigeria.
Vanguard reports that Ozekhome said the deceased would have rejected the awards if they were alive.
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He said they would have categorical said “No” to the honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), “given the prevailing atmosphere of morbid fear,
According to him, “President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 Nigeria’s Democracy Day and honouring Chief M.K.O. Abiola, and my late mentor, Chief Gani Fawehinmi with the highest and second highest honours in Nigeria. “To me, it is not the right argument that PMB did it for political reasons.
“Yes, he may very well have done it to shore up his battered political image and fast dwindling democratic credentials. “But, the inescapable fact is that he has done the right thing for which history will remember him.
“This is the more reason, I believe the argument should now go, why he should retire quietly to his Daura home, having done one great thing for which he would be remembered.
“Would Abiola and Gani Have Accepted these Awards? “The argument of political pundits and critical voices should now turn to whether these honours, though well-deserved by Abiola and Gani, would have been accepted by them, given the prevailing atmosphere of morbid fear, executive rascality, recession of human rights, rule of law and civil liberties. The answer is a categorical “no”.
“Though well intended, even if for political reasons by PMB, I am convinced MKO and Gani would have out rightly rejected the national honours if they were alive.