Grand Criminal Of The Federal Republic (G.C.F.R.)

By Eze Eluchie

The culture of bequeathing National Honours and or Awards to deserving individuals who have contributed in one way or the other towards uplifting the circumstances of any country is a practice that dates back thousands of years.

The practice serves two primary functions, firstly to appreciate such individuals for their dedication, industry, service or whatsoever contributions they might have made to the society’s development; secondly, and equally important, to serve as motivation to others to strive to the extreme of their abilities, to be equally recognized and honoured by the larger society.

Under ideal circumstances, the screening and selection processes of individuals who get nominated to receive national awards coupled with the accomplishments, integrity and contributions to societal advancement of selected awardees serve to enhance the stature of National Awards. The national Awards ceremony itself acquires a larger-than-life image as it is often a determining factor to gauge the direction towards which a society wants its youth (and invariably, its future) to be attuned.

Here in Nigeria, the annual ritual has come again and a date has been set when the Nigerian State has earmarked to dish out national honors to persons deemed to have contributed to Nigeria’s development. An event will be organized in a venue decked out with spectacular decorations at costs best left unstated (for a certainty, new millionaires have been created, and invariably prospective national honor awardees/honorees, from contracts awarded in relation to the events). The awardees/honorees themselves will storm the venue, attired in a cacophony of colors and bedecked in all manner of jewelry and some adorned with the plumes from species of endangered birds. Platoons of operatives of security agencies will serve to cordon off the venue of the ‘national awards’ from the very Nigerians who ought to be ‘celebrating’ persons who have so contributed to our nation’s development. All manners of praise singers, hanger on and alms seekers will for an outer ring of perfidy around the venue of the national awards ceremony.

Though the criteria for dishing out national awards seem known only to a select few Nigeria (it is highly doubtful if any such objective criteria exists), from the list of awardees in the past few years, it is discernible that attainment of certain political offices and positions in the civil service, automatically guarantees a national honor. The Offices so entitled to automatic national honors include: President of the Federal Republic and his Vise, State Governors, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of the Federation and Justices of the Supreme Court, President of the Court of Appeal, Chairman of the ruling political party, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Service Chiefs and heads of para-military and security agencies, Permanent Secretaries of Federal Ministries, and a couple of other choice positions. Becoming an Chief Executives Officer or Board Chairman of firms which are able to secure juicy contracts with government also guarantees one a national honor. It is however instructive to note that the national honors are dished out irrespective of how some of these characters attained the various offices which ‘guarantees’ them a national honor.

We are thus faced with the unsavory situation where for instance, persons who shot their ways to becoming Heads of States, via coup d’état, or violently rigged the electoral process to become President of the Federation or Senate President or any other such political offices. Also given awards under our blanket system of honoring offices attained, as opposed to actual contribution made to national development, are persons who preside over security outfits that have attained global notoriety for extra-judicial killings and extorting the very citizens they are set up to protect, Senior civil servants who despite their modest salaries and emoluments are able to live the lifestyles of drug barons by corruptly enriching themselves from public coffers and executives of contracting firms whose main modus operandi and sole secret of success is bribe giving and blackmail. The Nigerian system chooses to close its eyes to the fact that if the coup plotter, election rigger, incompetent security chief, corrupt civil servant and mafia-like business mogul had been adequately prosecuted for their heinous crimes, such characters ought rightly be serving lengthy prison sentences or probably awaiting execution and certainly not fouling our national ethic with their incongruous presence.

Without any inhibitions whatsoever, officials of the Nigerian State publish to the international community, the list of personalities slated for national awards each year. The calamity of our situation is that when the list of candidates for the award of Nigerian national awards is juxtaposed with watch-lists of Nigerians at the disposal of international security organizations, such as the INTERPOL, Federal Bureau of Investigation (United States of America), the M16 (United Kingdom, Mossad (Israel) and other such bodies spread across the globe, for such crimes as Money Laundering and associated racketeering activities, there is a near perfect match. The prime immediate consequence of the publication of the list of persons to receive Nigerian national awards is the extra scrutiny and more thorough search of hapless Nigerians travelling through international border posts in Europe and the Americas – the logic, if your country honors and awards persons we have on our list as money-launders, drug traffickers and members of various international organized crime syndicates, ‘ordinary’ Nigerians need more thorough checks!.

Greater damage is impacted on our national psyche and sensibilities by the award of national honors to persons who least deserve such. The worst hit by these unfortunate misplacement of honors are our youths – the most impressionable segment of our population. As our various media houses (print and electronic) celebrate the award of national honors to these persons of unwholesome characters, our children and youth look on in perplexed amazement and bewilderment as they observe the celebration of vice and criminality. At the various places of worship and in their schools, these impressionable youths are taught that stealing and corruption are vices that should be avoided and yet they are graphically confronted with a nation celebrating the people who have stolen the most and benefitted the most from corruption.

In Nigeria, we seem to have perfected a penchant to transform virtue to vice, positive practices to negative nuisance, and the credible into the incredulous

Apparently aware of the dilemma of its double-speak, the Federal Government has of recent embarked on rather desperate efforts to attract credibility to its national awards festivities and thus erase the fact that as it stands presently, the awards ceremonies engender and promote criminality and corrupt practices. The Nigerian State went out of its way to seek to ‘bestow’ ‘national awards’ on persons of renowned accomplishments and integrity to dilute the stench emanating from the bulk of the awardees.

Rather unfortunately for the Nigerian State, and most fortunately for the need to restore propriety and give our nation and its youth hope in its tomorrow, most of such truly distinguished and to be received in the midst of filth. Of particular reference at this point is the rejection, officially for the second time, by internationally renowned writer and statesman, Chinua Achebe, of a national award from the Nigerian State.

Whilst going through the list of recipients of national awards for the year 2011 as published by a national newspaper, a youth who had been glancing over my shoulders to read the tabloid exclaimed: ‘Sir, that man on that list was nearly lynched in our community for diverting resources meant for the community to his personal use, I believe C.F.R. under which his name appears must mean Criminal of the Federal Republic”. His friend who had been standing idly bye chipped in:” Then going by the class of its recipients, G.C.O.N. must mean Grand Criminal of the Order of the Niger”  I could not help but inquire as to what the supposedly highest national honor in Nigeria meant, the G.C.F.R! The youths replied in unison, “Ahhhhhhhhh, he is the ababa nna of them all - “Grand Criminal of the Federal Republic”.

 

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Ekuson Debango

@Ekuson. This guy must be from the creek, adverse effect of the crude oil pollution is at work,you need your brain examined QED.

RE: Ekuson Debango's SOCIAL NETWORKING DEMENTIA.

RE : Ekuson Debango(not verified) NO DOUBT, YOU ARE A SPLIT PERSONALITY, SUFFERING FROM A SORT OF AMNESIA THAT HAS BECLOUDED YOUR CAPABILITY TO RECOGNIZE MINIMAL PUBLIC DECENCY. IT BEGGARS BELIEF THAT YOU COULD CONDESCEND SO LOW INTO A GUTTER LANGUAGE TO ISSUE OUT THREATENING BEHAVIOUR AT AN HARMLESS SOCIAL NETWORKING FORUM. IF THERE IS ANYONE THAT IS "JEALOUS", YOU ARE THE ONE WHO CAST ASPERSIONS ON PEOPLE YOU SAID WERE LIVING IN FOREIGN LANDS WHICH APPARENTLY IRKS AS YOU COULD NOT MAKE SUCH A JOURNEY YOURSELF. LOOK AROUND YOU AND SEE THAT YOU ARE BEING DROWNED, YOU CLOWN, AND TONE YOUR LANGUAGE DOWN.

The Narrative being Woven.....

In reading all the the preceeding comments, the narrative being woven is of a society, whose leaders captained the complete & absolute degrading of the moral efficacy of a people. Imagine a situation where a nation's highest honors are mocked as farcical, circa Nigeria today. This must be the BOTTOM. They say whence one dives to the bottom of a pool, the person can spring off the bottom to generate speed back towards the top, and that is what Nigeria shall do, once We clean house.The people who lead Nigeria should follow Abraham Lincoln's admonition and get themselves "public opinion baths", by reading authentic online newspapers such as SR. It would do them a world of good.

SEE WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG

N ABUJA THERE IS NO TRIBE OR RELIGION. WHAT THEY WORSHIP TOGETHER IS CORRUPTION. A CHRISTIAN IJAW FISHERMAN PUTTING ON A MEDAL OF (DIS)HONOUR ON A MUSLIM FULANI MAN FROM THE LATE DANTATA FINANCIAL EMPIRE. WHAT AN INSPIRING DISPLAY OF UNITY, FOR OTHER GULLIBLE, DUMB-DOWN SHEEPLE OF NIGERIA TO EMULATE. HOW I WISH THE FOOLISH BIROM WHO "NEVER CHOP ANYTHING" FROM ABUJA, WITH HIS STUPID HAUSA MIGRANT WHO DID NOT EVEN GO TO SCHOOL WILL UNDERSTAND THIS. BETWEEN THEM I AM SURE THEY WILL COUNT AT LEAST 10 DEAD RELATIVES EACH FROM EACH OTHERS VIOLENCE. YET HOW MANY DANGOTE'S RELATIVES DID JONATHAN KILL, ZERO. FOOLISH NIGERIANS. I WONT BE SUPRISED IF JONATHAN HAS INVESTED SOME HUGE FUNDS IN THE DANGOTE GROUP.

LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are all a bunch of creepy jealous fools. Enemies of progress.
You will all die in foreign lands after years of accomplishing nothing but the stupid diplomas you brandish with no relevant experiences to back them up. LOSERS!!

Fool president who can’t do

Fool president who can’t do the right things to give National award to people who deserve it want to subsidy petrol and loot the money

The Future is bleak

It would have been in the best interest of our dear country, if this annual award is suspended for some years as GEJ threatened to do for football some months ago.The truth is that there is hardly anything to celebrate in Nigeria yet. The evidences of this are all around us. I only prayed and hoped that good parents would have prevented their children from watching such a 'show' the side effect could be terrible. Please, next time the TV stations will do well to place age limit for those who wish to watch it. Not good for people below 25years of age.

WINDY!

Fowl yansh...blowing in the wind...! The country is full of fowls; the question is: which fowl's yansh will next be exposed?

Morals? Well and truly gone to the dogs. Sad.

@kelly you share my thoughts

@kelly you share my thoughts completely. The awards have once again proven to be a jamboree akin to birhtday party (of a child that is). I won't be surprised if next year TerryG and 2face both get the award (no insult meant to their work).
Can someone please tell Goodluck to focus (although that seem unlikely)on what needs to be done!!! and 'congratulations' to our NEW VICE-PRESIDENT....ALIKO DANGOTE GCON!!!

I beg spare meooooo!!!!!!

@Kinsman, I beg make you send ambulance come my house urgently because you don dislocate all my ribs and shoulder blades with laughter. Don't forget to also wish me quick recovery before I receive my medal next week because I dey among those wey medal nor reach due to shortage of medals. I go buy you drink sha when I finally receive am.

Mr Iweala Mr Dangote is a

Mr Iweala Mr Dangote is a business man who has taken advantage of the lax attitude of government agencies who are supposed to collect these duties from His Company its the fault of those agencies and not the fault of the Dangote Grp He does business in South Africa and other countries where the authorities are awake to their responsibilities. In addition how many jobs has the Dangote group provided to Nigerians I personally feel He is worthy of the Award that He has been given.

Few of those who have

Few of those who have rejected honours have gone public to explain their stand. But black poet Benjamin Zephaniah said he rejected the offer of an OBE last month because he believes it stands for colonial brutality and slavery. He said the honour's title, Order of the British Empire, gives an impression of white supremacy saying he had been "fighting against the legacy of empire" all his life. John Lennon returned his MBE four years after receiving it Late Beatles legend John Lennon was perhaps the highest profile figure to reject an honour. He returned his MBE four years after accepting it in 1965. In a note accompanying the gong, he wrote: "Your Majesty, I am returning this in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon of Bag."

WHAT ABOUT ACHEBE THE BIAFRAN WAR ALSO?

Few of those who have rejected honours have gone public to explain their stand. But black poet Benjamin Zephaniah said he rejected the offer of an OBE last month because he believes it stands for colonial brutality and slavery. He said the honour's title, Order of the British Empire, gives an impression of white supremacy saying he had been "fighting against the legacy of empire" all his life. John Lennon returned his MBE four years after receiving it. Late Beatles legend John Lennon was perhaps the highest profile figure to reject an honour. He returned his MBE four years after accepting it in 1965. In a note accompanying the gong, he wrote: "Your Majesty, I am returning this in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon of Bag."

Our founding fathers have

Our founding fathers have already been insulted by the way and manner people are getting the kinds of awards they got for their labours for the country...

You have now come and insulted them with the meaning of their awards... How dare you accept and publish the reference to people like the great Zik of Africa, GCFR, as Grand Criminal of the Federal Republic??? That is ungrateful...

Let the labors of our heroes past never be in vain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If my safety and that of my

If my safety and that of my family is secured, l can provde evidence to show that Dangote is the worst criminal in Nigeria. l once worked with cotecna lnspections as inspector at Apapa port, and l was supervising berths eight to twenty. Berths thirteen to nineteeth handles Dangote cement. For every ship that berth there with cement, half the tonnage is computed by the customs for payment while the remaining is business as usual. l lost my job because of the quries that l raise on this shortages. Alahaji Umar who is now the area administrator of customs in Ekiti was in charge of Custom office two and he was directly in charge of all these transaction. Dangote is not the only one involved, the rice importers, the iron ore importers, the fish importers etc are in the business.

GEJ, find something better to do!

Instead of sharing awards and honours, could Mr President try sharing transformers(we've not had light in my area for a while), or better still jobs?!!!

Placards

Two names are conspicuously missing from the list; Cecilia Ibru and Erastus Akingbola!

I nearly died laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh my God tears!

Whilst going through the list of recipients of national awards for the year 2011 as published by a national newspaper, a youth who had been glancing over my shoulders to read the tabloid exclaimed: ‘Sir, that man on that list was nearly lynched in our community for diverting resources meant for the community to his personal use, I believe C.F.R. under which his name appears must mean Criminal of the Federal Republic”. His friend who had been standing idly bye chipped in:” Then going by the class of its recipients, G.C.O.N. must mean Grand Criminal of the Order of the Niger” I could not help but inquire as to what the supposedly highest national honor in Nigeria meant, the G.C.F.R! The youths replied in unison, “Ahhhhhhhhh, he is the ababa nna of them all - “Grand Criminal of the Federal Republic”.

ASK NIMASA AND NPA TO PROVIDE

ASK NIMASA AND NPA TO PROVIDE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VESSELS THAT BROUGHT IN GOODS FOR DANGOTE IN THE LAST 5 YEARS, THEN TALLY IT WITH THE INFORMATION FROM THE CUSTOMS ON HOW MUCH IMPORT DUTY DANGOTE HAS PAID DURING THE PERIOD(HE IS A CROOK WHO REFUSES TO LET THE NATION HAVE ITS DUE FROM HIS IMPORTS, YET HE SELLS CEMENT AT SERIALLY ABNORMAL PRICES).

THE ONLY OPTION THAT SHOULD BE LEFT FOR A NATION THAT MUST JOIN THE DEVELOPING PEERS ON HIS MALPRACTISES IS A LONG JAIL TERM FOR ALIKO DANGOTE AND NOT A HONOUR!

Boko Harams, where were you guys?????????????

Where the worthless national honour award was organize and issue would be the best place to bomb. They were all present there,Dumbo and his cronies that constitute the ills of the country.

There counter parts in Afghanistan and Iraq, target the authourities. The Boko Harams should start doing same in this country. The National assembly and if they could get access then, their motorcade and even the so called Aos rock, shouldn't be spared. I lost hope on my kins man.

VANITY OF A CORRUPT ESTABLISHMENT.

The great value attached to the mediocre and shameless charade by the corrupt establishment denotes in no small measure the vanity of thier twisted wishes.They chickened away, succumbing to the treats of a second rate terror group and cowadly avoided the most important celebration,our national day ie(INDEPENDENCE ANIVERSSARY).
I will avoid blaming the nominees rather I will put all the blame on a political or ruling class that has lost all the moral high ground and have since relocated to the gutters of corruption,from where they shamelesslly operate thier "honours" cacophony.The sense of judgement which has culminated in our present economic,political and social quagmire cannot be relied upon to produce a befitting honours regime even for the most fickle banana republic.The foolish thievery will go on and they will in ther stupidity keep beating thier chests for another feather to thier worthless caps of vanity and the suffering of the masses will intensify.

A thought too many

The story invokes reflective thoughts: I don't know why popular nollywood actors of whom parents have warned their childred to beware of were awarded.. But the subject of your write-up and the conclusion is outrightly biased and simply unpatriotic.
Anyway, whether Nigeria does it right or wrong, it will always be destructively criticized, especially through this medium. So, I'll never expect any less dose of negative words whenever I come here.
Thank you for this one.

will this decorations improve our lives?

Will it put food on the table for the common man?
Will it improve our roads?
Will it improve our peace and security?
Will it improve our health care?
Will it check mate looting the tresurey?
Will it create employment for the youths?
Will it improve our ailing economy?
The only answer/s is NO!Then of what use are these awards to the common man or Nigerians?It goes a long way to tell those who can read in between the lines to understand the crop of people leading us.They have no plan or agenda to make Nigeria a better place other than making it a living hell to the populace and a safe heaven for the lootocrats.People are hounoured for what they achieved for mankind but in Nigeria,it's awarded to people who have and are still contributing in Killing the NATION.TIME WILL TELL!

More of a national DIShonour

More of a national DIShonour to me.