By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA —NINETEEN years after the death of the acclaimed winner of June 12,1993 election, Chief MKO Abiola, the House of Representatives, yesterday, moved that the Federal Government should confer a post-humous national honour on him.
The House at plenary, resolved that the late politician be conferred with the highest national honour posthumously, and directed its committee on legislative compliance to ensure enforcement of the resolution.
This was sequel to a motion of urgent national importance moved by the member representing Gumel/Gagarawa/Mai/Gatari/Sule Tankarta federal constituency of Jigawa State, Sanni Zorro.
Zorro noted that a vacuum had been created since the death of Abiola on July 8, 1998, in the fields of philanthropy, sports, publishing, corporate leadership, national and global politics.
“Remember him today and always as a true and great son of Nigeria, who touched lives more than any other person in his life time, who contributed to the achievement of religious harmony by building bridges between faith organisations like nobody else,” he stated.
The member representing Awka North/South of Anambra State, Anayo Nnebe, in his contribution, called for the declaration of June 12 of every year as Democracy Day in the country.
He noted that it was a day the most credible election in the country was held.
Also contributing, the member representing Epe federal constituency, Wale Raji, urged the government to declare result of the annulled election and announce late Abiola as posthumous President-elect.