House of Reps resolved that late Abiola be conferred with posthumous Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR), in recognition of his sacrifice and contributions to the unity and development of Nigeria and Africa.
This emanated from the adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance, sponsored by Rep. Sanni Zoro (Jigawa-APC).
Moving the motion, Zoro said that a vacuum was created following the death of Abiola.
“It is worthy to remember him always as a Nigerian who touched lives more than any other person in his life time.
“Abiola also contributed in ensuring religious harmony by building bridges between faith organisations in the country,’’ he added.
Zorro argued that apart from being acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election by polling eight million out of the 14 million votes cast.
Abiola contributed immensely to the political development of the country.
“It will not be a novelty to bestow the GCFR on someone who is not a president of the country.
“Former President Shehu Shagari bestowed the same honour on late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1983.
“I believe that we should immortalise MKO Abiola by conferring on him this highest honor in the country,’’ he said.
Contributing, Rep. Anayo Nnebe (Anambra-PDP) urged the Federal Government to declare June 12 of every year as Democracy Day in the country.
According to him, it was a day that Nigeria witnessed the most credible election.
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