Abiola, National Award, Presidential Entitlements And Matters Arising

Late Chief MKO Abiola

The declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Mohammadu Buhari and the award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) to the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential electionss, Chief Mohud Kashimawo Abiola as well as honouring late human rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi is a very welcome development.

However, such suggestions that Chief Abiola should be declared as a former president; paid all the emoluments and other entitlements accruing through the period he would have served as the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, throws up a number on questions, including:

. Was that election conclusive?
. Was Chief Abiola at any time declared President Elect?
. Was Chief Abiola sworn in therefrom as President?
. Did he serve in that capacity at anytime?

In light of the fore-going, can he be entitled to emoluments, allowances and other perquisites from the office he never occupied?
Let informed, expert, and enlightened clarifications and explanations be availed us, the commoners, by those who really understand the constitutional provisions as they relate to the subject matter.

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