The immediate former governor of Anambra State, Chief Peter Obi and the Federal Minister of Labor, Senator Chris Ngige turned their backs on the Anambra at 25 years award ceremony held at Awka yesterday.
The administration in Anambra took the Anambra at 25years as the opportunity to celebrate the giants from Anambra by honoring them with special awards. Both the former governor and the minister of labor failed to attend and did not send representatives to the event.
Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu, the renowned business mogul who the Nigerian Government borrowed his Rolls Royce to convey the Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Nigeria in 1952, his son, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the founding President of Biafra alongside Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Independent Nigeria, Prof Chinua Achebe, a literary icon and Olaudah Ekwuano were honoured as “Pillars of our Heritage” by governor Willie Obiano.
Also Dr Alex Ekwueme, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Cardinal Francis Arinze were honoured in the Light Bearers Category.
Similarly, Gen Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd) who is the leader that approved the creation of Anambra State in 1991 and all past leaders of the State including Peter Obi, Virgy Etiaba, Chris Ngige, Chinwoke Mbadinuju, etc were honoured in the Lifetime Achievement Category.
Prince Arthur Eze, Chief Victor Umeh, Charles Odunukwe, Oby Ezekwesili and many others made the list of 146 notable ndi Anambra who were honoured as philanthropists extraordinaire and business titans.
Award winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie, Philip Emeagwali, John Mikel Obi, Amb Bianca Ojukwu and 14 others received special honours as Ambassadors of Excellence.
In same vein, 32 highly successful ndi Anambra were honoured for Outstanding Public Service; 27 religious leaders received honours as Pillars of Interdenominational Harmony while 15 notable sons and daughters of Anambra State were decorated as Icons of Education.
As Icons of Tradition and for Service to Humanity, 16 Traditional Rulers and the President of Anambra State Presidents-General, J. P. Okolo were also honoured while the Evergreen Posthumous honours were given to 50 icons who left legacy on sands of time.
All the awards were personally presented to the honourees or their representatives by governor Obiano who, in giving thanks to God, described himself as being “lucky to be the Jubilee Governor of Anambra, a state that has helped Nigeria and many nations of the world to their present level of development.”