Seun Kuti, a popular musician and the youngest son of the Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has slammed comedian Ayo Makun, a.
k.a. AY, over his reason for not rejecting his national honor.
The Daily Post recalls that former president Muhammadu Buhari, through the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs on Sunday, listed comedian AY, singer Davido, actor Kunle Afolayan, Super Eagles and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, and other celebrities among the 337 Nigerians to be conferred with national honors on June 1st, 2023.
Reacting to the announcement on Monday, AY, in a tweet, addressed critics who queried him for not rejecting the honorary award by the Federal Government, stating that a national honor is the highest recognition anyone could get.
Explaining why he will not reject the award, AY said, “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 that awards it. A national honor 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.”
Responding to AY in a post on his Instagram page and story, Seun Kuti described the comedian’s explanation as unnecessary. And taunted the comedian to receive his ‘Buhari’ award and stop explaining.
“Let me reiterate. No public opinion poll, they choose the national award by the presidential committee, and then the president will accept the nomination of certain people. In as much as it’s a national honor, it’s a presidential appointment. Biko, receive your BUHARI award and stop to say Shalaye.
“This is what I hate about sellouts. Is it that you don’t have a chest or that you can’t do anything with the chest? Resist the URGE to SHALAYE (explain), Don’t try and dress HYPOCRISY as NATIONAL LOYALTY OR PATRIOTISM. With una 2 homes and 2 passports,” Seun Kuti said.