Meanwhile,  the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has denied opposing the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day and the posthumous conferment of the GCFR  on  Abiola.

Melaye, however, urged the President Buhari-led administration to amend the National Honours Act to legalise  the honour given to Abiola and others.

The senator, in a statement on Sunday, said he had been “inundated with calls and text messages from well-meaning Nigerians especially my constituents” who wanted to know his exact position on the recognitions.

“If the right thing is done now by the Federal Government by proposing amendment to the National Honours Act 1964 to accommodate the current developments, no government in future will reverse the decision. This is my stand as a lawmaker,” he stated.

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