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June 12 declaration: Abiola’s daughter slams Melaye, says ‘he’s just being petty’

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Tundun Abiola, daughter of the late Chief MKO Abiola, has slammed Senator Dino Melaye for his opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to confer a posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on her father.

In an interview with the Channels Television on Sunday, Tundun further described Mr Melaye as being petty with his ‘ridiculous’ position on the honour conferred on her father.

“Moral indignation is also a part of human nature but that’s not what I’m hearing from Mr Melaye; he’s just being petty in the guise of moral indignation,” she said.

Mr Melaye had during the Senate plenary argued that Abiola could be awarded the honour because he’s dead, and therefore no longer a Nigerian.

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“A dead man is not a citizen of Nigeria and can’t receive the award,” he said.

In response to Melaye, Tundun, a lawyer, said her father gave his life for the lawmaker to enjoy the dividends of democracy that allows him to say whatever he wants.

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However, Tundun described Mr Melaye’s comments as laughable, saying that the lawmaker should try to be making arguments that are sensible.

She said, “I thought it was a laughable statement, but I’m really happy that Dino Melaye can stand in the senate and make laughable statements. People like my father gave their lives for Dino Melaye to stand in the Senate and talk such rubbish, quite frankly.

“If we were still under the military, would he be able to do that? This is the beauty of democracy. Any honour that can be given should be given, and he is a Nigerian. It holds no water, Dino Melaye’s argument.

“He has every right to make an argument, this is the role of the opposition in a robust democracy and he’s doing that, but, for goodness’ sakes, let the argument be logical and sensible.

“Is he going to propose that somebody like Awolowo who’s also a GCFR holder should be stripped of his title because he’s died? I mean, it’s ridiculous!”

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Tundun Abiola, daughter of the late Chief MKO Abiola, has slammed Senator Dino Melaye for his opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to confer a posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, GCFR, on her father.

In an interview with the Channels Television on Sunday, Tundun further described Mr Melaye as being petty with his ‘ridiculous’ position on the honour conferred on her father.

“Moral indignation is also a part of human nature but that’s not what I’m hearing from Mr Melaye; he’s just being petty in the guise of moral indignation,” she said.

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Mr Melaye had during the Senate plenary argued that Abiola could be awarded the honour because he’s dead, and therefore no longer a Nigerian.

“A dead man is not a citizen of Nigeria and can’t receive the award,” he said.

In response to Melaye, Tundun, a lawyer, said her father gave his life for the lawmaker to enjoy the dividends of democracy that allows him to say whatever he wants.

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However, Tundun described Mr Melaye’s comments as laughable, saying that the lawmaker should try to be making arguments that are sensible.

She said, “I thought it was a laughable statement, but I’m really happy that Dino Melaye can stand in the senate and make laughable statements. People like my father gave their lives for Dino Melaye to stand in the Senate and talk such rubbish, quite frankly.

“If we were still under the military, would he be able to do that? This is the beauty of democracy. Any honour that can be given should be given, and he is a Nigerian. It holds no water, Dino Melaye’s argument.

“He has every right to make an argument, this is the role of the opposition in a robust democracy and he’s doing that, but, for goodness’ sakes, let the argument be logical and sensible.

“Is he going to propose that somebody like Awolowo who’s also a GCFR holder should be stripped of his title because he’s died? I mean, it’s ridiculous!”

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