A senior lecturer in the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Jide Johnson, has expressed his concerns regarding the conferment of national honors on Tinubu and his VP-elect, Kashim Shettima. In his interview, Jide revealed who started the trend of conferring national honors on president-elects in Nigeria.
Addressing the topic, Jide said, "I think Obasanjo started the trend by conferring the honor on Musa Yar'Adua, and when he was questioned for doing so for a president-elect who had not even started working, Obasanjo said it was to serve as motivation to spur them. However, I think it is better to confer the honors on Tinubu and Shettima after the presidential tribunal has delivered its justice and every case has been dispensed with by the judiciary. It is best to confer such when the final winner has been declared.
He added, "However, if someone else is declared by the presidential tribunal, this could create controversy regarding who deserves the award. Our leaders have "unique" ways of doing things in Nigeria based on their perspective.
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