The National Conscience Party (NCP),a founded by the late rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, on Thursday, said it has nothing to celebrate from the posthumous Award of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON), to its late founder by President Muhammadu Buhari’s, declaring that Fawehinmi would have rejected Award if he was alive.
President Buhari, in a statement issued yesterday, replaced May 29 with June 12 as new date for the celebration of Democracy Day. He also conferred posthumous Awards of GCFR and GCON to late acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola and NCP founder, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, respectively
The Lagos State Chairman of the NCP, Mr Fatai Ibu-Owo, who praised the decision in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the June 12, 1993 presidential election was adjudged the most peaceful and fairest in Nigeria, adding that the will of the citizens prevailed in that poll.
He described the presumed winner of the election, the late Chief MKO Abiola, was a symbol of democracy and justice.
The chairman, however, said that NCP had nothing to celebrate in the Federal Government’s decision to give a posthumous award to its late founder, Fawehinmi, adding that the late human rights activist would have rejected the award if alive.
“Fawehinmi would have rejected the Award in view of the prevailing situation in the country – the killings, issues in the economy and denied aspirations of the masses, for which cause he fought all his life. He would have asked the government to forget the Award and fix the problems of the country. He once turned down a national award for the same reason.” Ibu-Owo reminded.