Nigeria and Africa’s most revered literary icon, Chinua Achebe, had in 2011 for the second time (the first being in 2004 under the regime of Olusegun Obasanjo) flatly refused to accept a Nigerian national honor the then regime of Goodluck Jonathan had tried to bestow on him on grounds that receiving such would amount to endorsing Corruption and the monumental mismanagement of Nigeria under those earlier regimes.

In Achebe’s rejection letter, the late sage had stated: ” Forty-three years ago, at the first anniversary of Nigeria’s independence I was given the first Nigerian National Trophy for Literature. In 1979, I received two further honours – the Nigerian National Order of Merit and the Order of the Federal Republic – and in 1999 the first National Creativity Award. I accepted all these honours fully aware that Nigeria was not perfect; but I had a strong belief that we would outgrow our shortcomings under leaders committed to uniting our diverse peoples. Nigeria’s condition today under your watch is, however, too dangerous for silence. I must register my disappointment and protest by declining to accept the high honour awarded me in the 2004 Honours List.”

It is our contention that those who accept to be awarded today, 11th October 2022, by a regime under whose watch Corruption has become not just endemic, but spews and is incubated, garnished and practiced from the highest echelons of Government; where insecurity, terrorism, banditry and kidnappings have become the norm; and the Economy has been vanquished endorse the brutal, thieving, ethnoreligious and clannish regime of Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling APC.

The regime basically rewarded those with whom it destroyed the polity with and spiced it with a few, extremely few, persons of repute and integrity. All awards bestowed by this regime SHOULD be reviewed by a subsequent Government as part of the processes of Restructuring and Renegotiating the Nigerian Contraption



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