By Hannah Nathan, Warri
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been urged by a coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) to withdrew Atiku Abubakar’s Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) National Merit Award.
The investigation of Tinubu’s diploma from Chicago State University in the United States is a disgrace to the country, according to the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations and Political Parties for Good Governance, and People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate.
Atiku should lose his National Honour, said Dr. Ogbole Ene Lilian, national convener of the coalition, during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. He claimed that his actions amount to mockery of a people committed to the ideals of constitutional democracy.
“We are not surprised or confused that Atiku is making such efforts, she continued, because he has a history of being a bad loser and an unreliable ally. Given his disgusting and repulsive leadership history, he is most definitely not a man we can confidently entrust with the future of Nigeria.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar shouldn’t intentionally damage Nigeria’s reputation or that of the prized Vice President position, which he once held, just because he repeatedly failed in his effort to become the country’s president. We find this to be intolerable, and we won’t stand by and allow him to continue acting in this way.
“We want to use this platform to urge His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to use the power granted to him by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended to protect the interests of the nation by denying Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger.”