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CENTENARY POSTHUMOUS AWARDS

‘Our position remains unchanged’ – ANIKULAPO KUTI, FAWEHINMI families

+ List of those who rejected the awards and full list of awardees

The Anikulapo Kuti and the Gani Fawehinmi families have stated their position concerning their rejection of the posthomous centenary awards for their late fathers remains the same. Yeni Anikulapo Kuti, first child of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who spoke with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Friday, February 28, 2914, while the award ceremony was going on in Abuja said the Kuti family will not be part of the ceremony.

Yeni Kuti

Yeni Kuti

“The government must apologize for the killing of late Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, our grandmother, and the burning of Fela’s Kalakuta Republic. I can’t be celebrating while Boko Haram fundamentalists are killing our children”.

Her brother, Femi Kuti had earlier in the week spoken about the family’s intention of rejecting the award. Yeni also revealed that there was an invitation letter from the federal government as delivered to her.

Mohammed Fawehinmi, son of late lawyer and human rights crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who also spoke with ENCOMIUM Weekly that same Friday, February 28, 2014, said, “Going for that award is not a priority. The president doesn’t know what he is doing. How can the country be celebrating when there is no security, when the quality of education is nothing to write home about, when there is massive unemployment?

“The only condition we can consider that award is if the government provides electricity, 24 hours. We are tired of generators, people are dying every day from the fume from generators. Government should generate employment for the youths, they should stop the killing of women and children in the north. If you watched Sochi Olympics in Russia, their closing ceremony is all about children while in Nigeria we are killing our own children.

“The governor of that state should be arrested including all their lawmakers and commissioners. We can’t accept an award at the same podium with Babangida. What is Abacha doing on that list?

“Jonathan is just wasting his time. If PDP gives him the ticket for 2015, then they have lost. He should go back to Bayelsa to rest. We have credible people even from his area who can do the job. My late father would have rolled in his grave if we had accepted that award. He would have risen if he actually gave birth to me.”

Mohammed had earlier in the week communicated the family’s stand on the award to the Presidency through the Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

Joining the list of those who rejected the centenary awards on Friday, February 28, 2014, was the MKO Abiola family, represented by Kola Abiola, the eldest son of the late winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola. He reportedly expressed the position of the family concerning the award, describing it as inappropriate.

“For us, what the government is doing is laudable but our family will only accept what is appropriate.” The family believes a GCFR honour would be befitting the status of late MKO Abiola. But on that day one of my brothers was in Abuja to pick up the award on behalf of the family.

For Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, the centenary celebration would have been better done at another date, not now when the country is mourning the school children killed by Boko Haram in the north and the high level of corruption in the government of the day.

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referred that the entire day of infamy be ignored altogether, I am even thinking of just ignoring the obscenity, then turning up at the counter event”.

By counter event, Professor Wole Soyinka meant, he would prefer to attend another centenary awards in London on June 27, 2014, during which the diaspora will honour 100 outstanding Nigerians in the UK, at a gala dinner due to take place at Waldheim Forest Town Hall in East London.

 

The full list of the centenary awardees, including those who have rejected the honour

 

A. CONTRIBUTORS TO THE MAKING OF NIGERIA

1. Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

2. Frederick John Dealtry Lugard

3. Dame Flora Louise Shaw, Lady Lugard

 

B. HEROES OF THE STRUGGLE FOR NIGERIA’S INDEPENDENCE/PIONEER POLITICAL LEADERS

4. Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay

5. Rt. Hon. Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, GCFR

6. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE

7. Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, GCFR

8. Sir Ahmadu Bello, KBE

9. Professor Eyo Ita

10. Jaja Anucha Wachuku

11. Pa Michael Imoudu

12. Chief Anthony Enahoro

13. Chief Joseph Sarwan Tarka

14. Mallam Aminu Kano

15. Margaret Udo Ekpo

16. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

17. Hajiya Gambo Sawaba

 

C. PIONEERS IN PROFESSIONAL CALLINGS/CAREERS

18. Christopher Sapara Williams

19. Chief Frederick Rotimi Alade Williams, SAN

20. Chief Akintola Williams

21. Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi Ironsi

22. Vice Admiral Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey

23. Brigadier General George Tamunoiyowunam Kurubo

24. Louis Orok Edet

25. Major-General Abdullahi Mohammed

26. Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo

27. Professor Kenneth Onwuka Dike

28. Capt. Chinyere Kalu

29. Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Oviemo Ovadje

30. Professor Grace Alele-Williams

 

D. PIONEERS IN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

31. Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu

32. Alhaji Alhassan Dantata

33. Chief Adeola Odutola

 

E. PROMOTERS OF DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION IN NIGERIA

34. Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR

35. Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola

36. General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, GCON

37. General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar, GCFR

 

F. HEROES IN GLOBAL SPORTS COMPETITIONS

38. Chioma Ajunwa

39. Nwankwo Kanu

40. Richard Ihetu (Dick Tiger)

41. Chief Michael Okpala (Power Mike), MON

42. Monday Ochuko Emoghawve

 

G. ACCOMPLISHED PIONEER PUBLIC SERVANTS

43. Chief Stanley Olabode Wey

44. Justice Egbert Udo Udoma

45. Chief Emeka Anyaoku

46. Sir Adetokunbo Adegboyega Ademola

47. Dr. Taslim Oluwale Elias

48. Dr. Rilwan Lukman

49. Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki

50. Alhaji Aliyu Mai Bornu

 

H. ACCOMPLISHED CONTEMPORARY ENTREPRENEURS

51. Alhaji Aliko Mohammed Dangote

52. Chief Mike Adenuga

53. Chief (Dr.) Innocent Chukwuma

 

I. DISTINGUISHED ACADEMICS

54. Professor Benjamin Oluwakayode Osuntokun

55. Professor Kelsey Harrison

56. Professor Chike Obi

57. Professor Dagogo Fubara

58. Professor Jacob Festus Ade Ajayi

59. Professor Claude Ake

60. Professor Aliu Babatunde Fafunwa

61. Professor Godwin Olu Patrick Obasi

62. Professor Umaru Shehu

 

J. INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTISTS, LITERARY ICONS AND JOURNALISTS

63. Michael Taiwo Akinkumi

64. Professor Wole Soyinka

65. Professor Chinua Achebe

66. Prof John Pepper Clark

67. Cyprian Odiatu Duaka Ekwensi

68. Alhaji Abubakar Imam

69. Daniel O. Fagunwa

70. Ernest Sesei Ikoli

71. Alhaji Ismail Babatunde Jose

72. Kenneth Nnebue

73. Patience Ozokwor

74. Alhaji (Dr) Mamman Shata Katsina

75. Hubert Adedeji Ogunde

76. Fela Anikulapo Kuti

77. Stephen Osita Osadebe

78. (Dr.) Ladi Dosei Kwali

79. Ben Enwonwu

80. Oludotun Jacobs

 

K. OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC SERVANTS

81. Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule

82. Professor Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje, NNOM

83. Dr. Barnabas Sanyaolu Oloruntoba, OFR

84. Honourable Justice Maryam Aloma Mukhtar, GCON

 

L. OUTSTANDING BRAVERY AND PUBLIC SPIRITEDNESS

85. Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN

86. Michael Chukwugekwu Ihuka

 

M. OUTSTANDING PROMOTERS OF UNITY, PATRIOTISM AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

87. General Yakubu Gowon, GCFR

88. General Murtala Ramat Mohammed

89. General Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR

90. General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

91. General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, GCFR

92. Chief Ernest Shonekan, GCFR

93. General Sani Abacha, GCFR

94. Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua, GCFR

95. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, GCON, fss

 

N. EXEMPLARY SERVICE IN THE PROMOTION OF PEACE AND MORAL EXCELLENCE

96. Sir Abubakar Sadiq III

97. Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi

98. Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi

99. Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye

100. Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi

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