Nigerian comedian and filmmaker, Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known as AY, has spoken out about the controversies surrounding his decision to accept the National awards.
Recently, it was announced that AY would be among the 337 notable Nigerians to be honored with these awards in Abuja on June 1st by the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs.
However, this announcement sparked a lot of controversy and mixed opinions among netizens. Many believed that AY should not have accepted the award, particularly because it was coming from a corrupt administration.
In response to these opinions, AY took to Twitter to explain his reasons for accepting the awards.
He stated that the people criticizing him for accepting the awards are missing an important point.
According to him, no political party or president is greater than Nigeria itself. A national award, in his view, represents the highest recognition any citizen can receive when it comes to contributing to the nation’s development.
AY tweeted ” Those of you shaming or asking me to reject ‘A National Honour’ are clearly missing a vital point. Our country is bigger and more important than any president or political party awarding it. A national honour is the highest recognition anyone can get for his or her contributions to nation building. So my allegiance is to a country where i have contributed my own quota, and i am more than happy to be rewarded by the same nation”