…By Larry John for TDPel Media.
Nigerian comedian and filmmaker, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, has addressed the backlash he received after accepting a national honour conferred by former Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The conferment took place just 24 hours before Buhari handed over leadership to Tinubu.
In response to the criticism, AY took to Twitter to explain his perspective.
Country Over President or Political Party
AY emphasized that those urging him to reject the award were missing a crucial point.
He stated that the country itself is more significant and important than any president or political party bestowing such honours.
He stressed that receiving a national conferment is one of the highest forms of recognition for contributing to the development of the nation.
Allegiance to the Country
The comedian further expressed his allegiance to the country and his excitement at being rewarded for his contributions.
AY mentioned that he had recently received an award for “The Most Outstanding Comedy Personality of A Decade,” and he initially perceived the national honour as another accolade to add to his collection.
However, he later discovered that national honours are the highest recognitions bestowed upon citizens for their efforts in national development.
The Significance of National Honours
AY clarified that accepting the national honour does not imply blind loyalty to a particular president or political party.
Instead, it reflects his commitment to a country where he has contributed his own share to nation-building.
He stressed that a national honour is the ultimate form of recognition one can receive for their dedication to the betterment of the nation.
AY’s Gratitude and Perspective
Concluding his statement, AY expressed gratitude for the recognition he has received and reiterated his pride in being rewarded by his country.
He maintained that his focus lies in contributing to the nation and making a positive impact.
AY’s response aimed to emphasize the importance of the country itself and the significance of national honours in recognizing individuals’ contributions to nation-building.