Mixed reactions trail 2014 National Awards

Some Nigerians on Monday reacted differently to the 2014 National Honours Award Investiture by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Some of the respondents, who spoke in Abuja, commended Mr. Jonathan for honouring deserving recipients while other expressed reservations.

One of the respondents, Tosin Adeyanju, Executive Director, Conscience Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, said the 2014 awards were a departure from the past where only the highly placed were honoured.

According to him, the president deserved commendation because as many young people and sports men and women were honoured.

“Giving such national recognition to that taxi driver, who returned found money, is a welcome development; it will go a long way in telling Nigerians that integrity pays,” Mr. Adeyanju said.

A social commentator, Oraba Emeka, said that some of the recipients really merited the awards while some did not.

Mr. Emeka said that such elevated awards should not be an all comers affair but only for people of outstanding commitment to the cause of the nation.

“The award should be solely on merit; let it not be partisan,” he said.

On his part, Maxwell Opara, a legal practitioner, said the essence of the National Awards had been defeated as it had lost its credibility.

Mr. Opara said that it was a shame that a state governor who had performed poorly was given such an elevated award.

“This is governor who had been adjudged the worst governor in Nigeria.
Yet he was honoured while the late Dr Stella Adadevor, that saved the nation from a health disaster was not given a posthumous award.”

NAN reports that 313 citizens were honoured.

(NAN)


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  • Maria

    This piece explains what moslem and arab migrants want to enforce in the west. They come with their own religious culture and want to force it down the throats of their hosts. But when other people go to their countries…they never allow you practice your own culture… you must be forced to abide their cultural rules…. I laugh when I see Moslems in the west claiming rights to preach their hateful message, costume women in such a manner that portray them as slaves but same will never allow freedom of expression or allow western visitors to also costume in their own way in their own countries. To me, this is hypocrisy. If you don’t like your host way of life, why going there to live?

    • ProTruth

      Precisely. I also relate it as a response/answer to the question of the right of the Air stewardess who refused to serve alcohol to passengers because of her religious beliefs. My take is why take the job, you can find another job. Sometimes the western world allow themselves to be constrained by the tenets of their culture in a bizarre manner.