The National Honours Award (NHA) Committee recently released the list of its 2010 and 2011 award recipients totalling 364 and broken down into different categories.

Whilst it is good to recognise outstanding achievers in any field of human endeavour so as to encourage others to emulate them, an objective look at the said list of NHA recipients reveals that what should otherwise be a true awards ceremony where Nigeria’s best are recognised, with due respect to the few deserving ones, appears rather to be an ego-boosting political jamboree for Nigeria’s high and mighty.

Interestingly, this development comes at a time when all sectors of national life are begging for salvaging. The recently-published 2011 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance exposes the sad truth that Nigeria is lagging way behind in virtually all Human Development indices. Out of nineteen classifications, Nigeria scored above 50% in only three! A few days ago, the CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido, corroborated reports from a senate plenary which revealed that most states are broke. Yet, today, November 14, 2011, the nation and indeed, the world will be invited to celebrate recipients of Nigeria’s highest honours – former and current office holders who span the socio-economic and political strata of our national life – and who, in many cases, are, on the one hand, responsible for our present woes and are, on the other, doing very little to make needed amends! An awards event of this magnitude shouldn’t be to serve political ego-boosting.


Posted November 14, 2011 by Raymond Eyo in Aso Villa

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