By Uzair Adam Imam
The former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has rejected the OON national award by President Muhammadu Bahari.
Professor Attahiru Jega was also the former Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
One of his close associates that preferred anonymity confidentially told the Daily Reality on Wednesday.
He said although many people have carried the news of the Jegas award since it was made public, Jega declined to accept it and did not attend the national event either.
He added, “The professor has informed me that although many people have carried the news of the award since it was made public, he declined to accept it and wasn’t at the ceremony.
“So in principle, Prof Jega did not accept the honor,” the source genuinely broke to the Daily Reality.
However, the reason why Jega declined to accept the national award was unknown and the source did not mention any. Similarly, Prof. Jega was not the first person to reject national award by Nigeria’s presidents. Late Chinua Achebe also rejected the similar award given to him by Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Recall that President Buhari, in a letter to the awardees dated October 7th, 2022, by Sen. George Akume, fnim, approved the conferment of the national honour on awardees to the rank of OON (Officer of the Order of the Niger).
The investiture ceremony took place at the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja on Tuesday, 11th October, 2022, at 9:00 am.