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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Breaking: Buhari’s award of posthumous GCFR to Abiola illegal - Former chief justice


- Alfa Belgore said President Buhari's award of GCFR to Abiola is illegal

- The former chief justice said it cannot be awarded to people who have passed away

- He said he was not consulted by the presidency

Alfa Belgore who is a former chief justice of the Nigeria has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s post homous award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic to Chief MKO Abiola was illegal.

Premium Tunes reports that Belgore said this on Wednesday, June 6 after the president’s move.

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He said: “It is not done. It is for people living.”

Belgore who is the chairman of the 2016 national honours committee also said he “was not consulted” by the Buhari administration before the decision was taken.

He explained that "under the 1963 National Honours Act, only soldiers or other servicemen could be awarded posthumous medals for their bravery."

We had earlier reported that President Buhari announced that June 12 will be celebrated as the new Democracy Day.

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The president announced this via his Facebook page on Wednesday, June 6.

The president also announced that the late Chief Moshood Abiola who was adjudged the winner of the cancelled June 12, 1993 election will be posthumously awarded the highest Honour in the land, GCFR.

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