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Honouring Abiola: Mixed Reactions Trail New Democracy Day

More reactions have continued to trial the recent President Buhari's recognition of the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election,


Chief Moshood Abiola, with the highest National Honour, “the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic”.

Our Correspondent, Emmanuel Okonkwo, who sampled people’s opinion on the issue reports that June 12, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in their numbers exercised their democratic will in what was adjudged the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since the Nation’s Independence in 1960.

Reacting to the honouring of Chief Abiola by the federal government, the State President Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene, who commended the Buhari government for such an action, said though the beneficiary worths the recognition, the decision lacks equity as the name of the then Chairman National Electoral Commission, NEC, Professor Humphrey Nwosu, who midwifed the election which was ranked the most credible in the country since inception is not on the federal government’s list of people to be recognized in respect to the June 12, 1993 election.

Chief Okeke Ogene, further described it as injustice and marginalization of the Igbos, noting that such act remains why the Igbos and others clamour for restructuring to put an end to nepotism and unfair treatment of some sections of the country.

Barrister Jude Enekwechi in his reaction said the act has no constitutional backup as the dead by constitution cannot be awarded, rather immortalized.

Contributing, Chief Michael Nnakwuzie, observed that the honour is one of the ways of solving some of the tensions in the country though the motive is political as according to him it was few months before the 2019 general elections and 25 years after the 1993 election.

Also speaking, an Awka resident, Mr. Ferdinand Chibuoke, said the recognition was a welcomed development, but called on Buhari led administration to give more attention to the problems presently facing the country which according to him ranges from lack of job opportunities for the youths, insecurity, hunger, among others.

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