The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, has expressed disappointment over the National Awards Honours conferred on some Nigerians and foreigners by President Muhammadu Buhari.
DAILY POST recalls that President Buhari on Tuesday conferred national awards of the Commander of the Order of Niger, CON and Commander Of the Order Of the Federal Republic (CFR) on selected citizens who had contributed to national development.
Reacting, COSEYL said in a statement issued by its President General, Goodluck Ibem that the move was unnecessary following the security and economic crisis bedevilling the nation.
The statement reads, “The award amounts to dancing on the graves of Nigerians who died hungry and killed by Boko Haram and other terrorists. No nation celebrates when her people are killed mercilessly.
“It baffles us that in the midst of all these anomalies, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was busy giving National Awards to Nigerians.
“Without mincing words, this award is an insult and a national embarrassment to Nigerians killed by Fulani Jihadists and terrorist groups.
“It is an embarrassment to those who are now refugees in their own country and an insult to those who are going to bed hungry under the very watch of this present administration.
“We call on Nigerians who have any integrity left in them to return those awards until when things are done properly before they can consider accepting any National Awards”.
National Awards was uncalled for, embarrassing – COSEYL blasts Buhari