Nigerian comedian and actor, Ayo Makun also known as AY Comedian, has said he would not reject the national honour that was conferred on him by the immediate past administration.
He cleared the air following comments from people who asked him to decline accepting the national honour to pass a strong message to the past and present APC-led government.
AY took to his Twitter page on Monday and said that those shaming him or making such request are missing a significant point which is that Nigeria is bigger than any president or political party that is giving such awards.
The movie star expalained that a national honour is the highest recognition anybody can get for their contribution in the country.
He stressed that his allegiance is to the nation and and he is proud to be recognised for contributing his quota.
AY Comedian wrote; “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.”
His comment came on the heels of messages he’s been receiving from people who expected him to turn down the award especially as he is an Obidient – supporter of Peter Obi, Presidential candidate of Labour Party, who said he wants to phase out the old order of politicians and way of doing things.
Few days to the presidential election, AY endorsed Obi on his Facebook page, writing; “I will be ???? Obedient to the call for a better Nigeria on Saturday. What about you?”
Personalities who were conferred with National Honours include; Davido, Kunle Afolayan, AY Comedian, Victor Osimhen, Terry Waya and over 300 other notable Nigerians.
The announcement was made on Sunday, May 28 by the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs.