How Jonathan refused to confer GCFR on my father thrice — Kola


Late Chief MKO Abiola ‘s son, Kola, has revealed sensational details of his efforts at getting all fourth republic presidents with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s exception to confer the highest honour in the land, Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, on the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election.

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Kola made the disclosure in an interview with Channels Television, on the station’s programme, Question Time, on Thursday.

He said in the intervening period before President Muhammadu Buhari conferred GCFR on his deceased father, he approached ex-presidents Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan during their reigns to bestow the award but while the former was favourably disposed to his request but for death, the latter turned him down on two occasions.

Kola’s word, “Towards the (2015) election, I approached them(Jonathan government)  again, this time in writing, and solicited the help of Pastor Bakare and told them that even if it was for selfish political reasons, this was something you could do to help your chances of winning elections.

“I really didn’t mind how he got it done. But we couldn’t get President Jonathan to get it done so we left that.

“After he lost the election, I approached him a second time also through the same Pastor Bakare to try to get him to do this as a legacy of his Presidency, something that Nigerians would never forget about him. Last minute, we couldn’t get it to happen.”



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