Posted by News Express | 25 December 2014 | 3,110 times
Former Governor of Anambra, Mr. Peter Obi, has advocated the withdrawal of knighthood from those who engage in conduct unbecoming of the honour.
He made the suggestion during his investiture as the Papal Knight of St. Sylvester at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, and repeated it later that night in Onitsha while being honoured with the Outstanding Performance In Socio-Economic Governance Award by the International Society for Civil Liberties 7 the Rule of Law (Intersociety).
As Obi sees it, “It is not enough to make people knight; the church must find a way to take it away when the person is not living up to the knighthood.”
Obi, who refused to accept awards during his eight-year stay in office as governor, advised award organisers to ensure credibility by giving only to those who deserve them.
Both the Catholic Church and Intersociety said Obi was being honoured in appreciation of his excellent performance as Anambra Governor from 2006 to March 17 this year.
Obi has been active on the lecture circuit since leaving office and has been honoured by various groups in Nigeria and abroad for administering Anambra without borrowing a kobo and leaving a healthy balance in cash and investments for his successor.
•Photo shows Peter Obi with children after his investiture as Papal Knight of St. Sylvester.
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