I Had To Turn Down A National Honor Due To Peer Pressure - Kaigama

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I Had To Turn Down A National Honor Due To Peer Pressure - Kaigama
The Most Reverend Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, has claimed that he was coerced into turning down President Muhammadu Buhari's offer of the national honor of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).


At the 2022 National Honours Ceremony, held at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja, 450 people, including Archbishop Kaigama, were honored. Of these, 442 were Nigerians and 7 were not.


Kaigama released a statement yesterday in Abuja, in which he said that many people had congratulated him after hearing the surprising news that he would be among those to receive the 2022 National Honours Award, while a small minority had encouraged him to turn down the honor.


"Before I was given the honor, someone said on social media, 'Why is the bishop collecting the award in a country where starvation, instability, killing is the norm of the day; who will tell the government the truth?'


The question "If you had rejected this, even politely, would you not have made a great message that you are on the side of the people?" came up after Kaigama accepted the award.


He argued that the Nigerians who are pressuring him to turn down the honor are being inconsistent with their own logic, and that they would similarly oppose the national budget that the president recently proposed.


As he sees it, rejecting the national prize due to problems with inequality, insecurity, and a lack of basic services is the same as distancing himself from project Nigeria.

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