National honours are not meant for the undeserving and should the credibility of these privileged to have it, should be maintained eternally, former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has stated, insisting that there should be a regulation to withdraw the undeserving each time discovered to have dedicated untoward acts.
Arguing federal and state assemblies should go again to work to enact the related legal guidelines that would guarantee the withdrawal of national honours from individuals with questionable characters, he stated these carrying the badge, should be match and correct to put on it all through their lives.
Noting that awards had been a way of recognising worthy residents, he stated these who no longer deserve such honours ought to be stripped of them, including that a regulation empowering the Federal Government and states for that goal to be put in place.
“Talking about awards, I want to say, probably, when we are making laws, at the federal level, there should be an amendment empowering the President or the governors to strike off such honours,” Jonathan, who spoke in Abakaliki, throughout the maiden Ebonyi State Honors Award the place he was conferred with Grand Commander, Ebonyi Hall of Fame (GCEHF), stated.
Jonathan, who expressed gratitude to the state for the honour, stated his award would additional strengthen the age-lengthy bond between Bayelsa and Ebonyi.
Over 300 distinguished Nigerians from all over the nation had been honored at the occasion, throughout the grand finale of actions marking the creation of the state, held Thursday evening at the Christian Ecumenical Centre,amongst whom, was the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who was posthumously recognised as GCEHF for being the instrument for Ebonyi State creation in October, 1996.
Other honourees included the Chief of Staff to President Mohammadu Buhari, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari; Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; two former Governors of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi and Ayo Fayose as properly as former Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji.
Umahi additionally honoured his predecessors, Chief Martin Elechi and Senator Sam Egwu as properly as the first Military Administrator of the State, Navy Commander Walter Feghabor, amongst others.
President Muhammadu Buhari, the particular visitor of honour, congratulated Umahi for the feats he has attained in political management.
Buhari, whose speech was delivered by his consultant, the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, famous that Governor Umahi’s administrative insurance policies are in tandem with the three core pillars of Buhari’s administration: Economy, Security and anti corruption.
He counseled Umahi for his dedication to safety in Southeast, his unprecedented infrastructure and agricultural insurance policies which he noticed, have made Ebonyi one of the largest producers of rice in the nation.