Nigeria's 2011 National Honours Awards
"The 2011 edition of the National Honours Awards held in Abuja on Monday. With about 364 recipients, the award ceremony took several hours as honourees from diverse fields filed out for the presidential handshake and award. The event, beamed live into homes and offices across the country, saw the awardees well decked out to receive their medals. Although the list of persons selected for the awards by the National Honours Awards Committee has always had whiffs of controversy, the body has at every occasion explained that it selected the awardees from those found qualified among those recommended for the honours." - The Sun
PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN DECORATING PRESIDENT OF DANGOTE GROUP, DR. ALIKO DANGOTE WITH GCON NATIONAL AWARD.
PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN PRESENTING NATIONAL AWARD OF CON TO THE PETROLEUM MINISTER, DEZIANI ALLINSON MADUEKE.
FROM LEFT, PRESIDENT OF SENATE, DAVID MARK, PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, SGF, ANYIM PIUS ANYIM AND SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, HON. AMINU TAMBUWAL.
FROM RIGHT, GOV. ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE OF EDO STATE, INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, HAFIZ RINGIM, DG, SSS, EKPEYOUNG ITA, DR. DALHATU TAFIDA, NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR TO BRITAIN, GOV. SHEHU SHEMA OF KATSINA STATE, SEN. BEN OBI AMONOTHERS AFTER THEIR DECORATION WITH NATIONAL HONOUR AWARDS TODAY IN ABUJA. PHOTOS: STATE HOUSE.
President Goodluck Jonathan (l) decorating the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (CFR) during the 2010 & 2011 National Honours Award at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida
"Nigerian literary icon Chinua Achebe said he rejected an award due to be given to him by President Goodluck Jonathan this week because the political problems in Africa's most populous nation had not been tackled since he snubbed the prize seven years ago." - Reuters
Professor Chinua Achebe
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