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National honours: FG Insists list in circulation is fake, says authentic one will be released soon

The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, on Tuesday, said the authentic national honors’ list will be released soon. He said…

The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, on Tuesday, said the authentic national honors’ list will be released soon.

He said this while reacting to questions from State House reporters after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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His reaction came following the controversy that had trailed the purported national honours list in circulation.

The list said to have emanated from his ministry further contained names of people considered not worthy of the awards.

Akume was believed to have been summoned by the President over the matter.

He, however, said the meeting was not in connection with the list while speaking on his way out of the President’s office.

The minister said his ministry did not release the one that had been in circulation.

Asked whether he came to see the President over the controversial list, Akume said “no.”

When asked what happened with the list in circulation, he said: “We did not release any list.”

On when the authentic national honours’ list would be released, he replied: “Soon.”

The list in circulation showed that a total of 437 persons were nominated to receive various national honours due to be presented by the President on October 11 in Abuja.

There had been reports of a possible adjustment of the list already in circulation because of inconsistencies, errors, and the absence of notable names.