Tinubu told to strip Atiku of GCON national honour


The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations and Political
Parties for Good Governance has asked President Bola Tinubu to strip Atiku
Abubakar of the national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger


The group stressed that doing so would serve as a deterrent
to others about the importance of respecting the office of the president.


The convener of the coalition, Dr Lilian Ogbole, made the
call while addressing a press conference on Thursday in Abuja.


She noted that if Atiku’s recent press conference can aptly
be described as a face-saving gimmick to capture power from the back door by
whipping up sentiments and fabricating lies, Peter Obi’s belated press
conference of October 11, 2023, over the same issue was at best childish,
shameful, and laughable.


Ogbole emphasised that rather than providing evidence to
contradict Tinubu’s submissions to INEC, Obi laughably requested that the
President help him with evidence that would invalidate the certificates and
information submitted to INEC.


The convener said it is getting clearer that the former Vice
President Atiku Abubakar was on a collision course with national interests and
has never subscribed to true democracy nor respected the rule of law.


Ogbole opined that Atiku, the presidential candidate of the
People Democratic Party in the 2003 election, was not a man Nigerians could
comfortably entrust with the welfare of the country, going by his leadership


Her words: “The fact that Alh. Atiku Abubakar serially lost
his bid to become the President of Nigeria isn’t enough reason why he should
deliberately drag the image of Nigeria and that of the coveted office of the
Vice President, which he once occupied, in the mud. This is unacceptable to us,
and we will not henceforth sit down and watch him do such a thing.


“As stakeholders in the business of nation-building, we wish
to use this medium to call on His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,
GCFR, to utilise the authority conferred on him by the 1999 Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to protect the image and interest of
the country by stripping Alh. Atiku Abubakar Sadiq of the national honour of
Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).


“You will agree with us that a man with Atiku’s character is
not honourable and does not deserve to keep the award that is meant for
honourable men and women of repute.”


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