President Buhari Gets Equatorial Guinea’s Highest National Honour

President Muhammadu Buhari has been conferred with the highest national honour of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President was conferred with the national honour in Malabo on Monday for his personal integrity, exemplary leadership style and courage to fight terrorism in order to ensure peace and safety in Africa.

The honour of “Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia” translated “Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence” was said to have been conferred on Buhari by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at the Presidential Palace.

At the investiture ceremony,  Buhari reportedly said the recognition was for the people of Nigeria who had worked tirelessly to sustain peace in the country and across other neighbouring countries in Africa.

“On behalf of my country, Nigeria, and the people, I will like to express profound gratitude for the honour given to me and my people. The reality of the situation now is that there had never been a time in history for greater neighbourliness, for security and economic stability than now,” he said.

The President said the challenges faced by African countries  had a common thread, and must be collectively appraised and jointly tackled by all the African countries.

Buhari assured the people that Nigeria would always support efforts of ensuring socio-political and economic stability of its neighbours and the entire African continent.

Earlier in his remarks,  Mbasogo said it was an honour for his country to confer the Highest National Honour on  Buhari on his first visit to the country.

“We are here to recognise the son of the soil. On this occasion, we deem it fit and appropriate to decorate the son of Africa for the great work he is doing in Africa, which includes tackling a great menace to the continent, Boko Haram, ” he said.

The President pledged his country’s support to Nigeria in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges.

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Senate Sends 4-Man Burial Team In Honour Of Ooni

Senate paid special respect to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, as lawmakers took turns to pour encomiums on the royal father, whose death was reported about a fortnight ago.

Senators also observed a one minute silence in honour of the late Oba. Senator representing Osun East, Senator Babajide Omoworare, brought the attention of the death of the Oba to the Senate via a motion pursuant to order 42 and 52 of the Senate standing order on matters of urgent national importance.

The lawmaker took time to reel out the resume of the life and times of the late Oba. He said: “Oba Sijuwade was a great family man and highly revered in Diaspora, especially in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. He received many national and international awards and decorations in honour and recognition of his various achievements.”

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Eto’o Honoured for Anti-Racism

Football star Samuel Eto’o was honoured Monday for his “inspiring” stand against racism, as the organizers behind the award warned that prejudice still stalked the game in Europe.

The former Cameroon and Barcelona striker received the Medal of Tolerance from the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) at a gala dinner at London’s Kensington Palace.

Eto’o, who now plays with Sampdoria in Italy, famously tried to walk off the pitch during a Spanish match in 2006 due to the racist abuse he was suffering. “Since that day, I decided I will stand up and fight against abuse,” he said after receiving his award, with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, Liverpool defender Kolo Toure and former Barcelona midfielder Deco looking on in support. “The only path is to stand up and shout.”

The four-time African Player of the Year urged footballers to take a moral stand. “Only we can make it stop. Because for certain, nobody is going to do it for us,” the 33-year-old said.

He also urged authorities to issue stiff punishments for those caught in the act. “If we give a 300-euro fine, you will see them doing it again,” he warned.

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