5th October, 2010
An Itsekiri Youth Leader, Prince Oyemi Fregene, has faulted the non-inclusion of twoÂ prominent Nigerians of Delta State origin in the Federal Governmentâ€™s honour list.
Those missing from the post-humous awards list are: the late Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh,Â post-independence Minister of Finance and the late detrabilised politician,Â industrialist, philantropist, Chief Alfred Ogbeyiwa Rewane who was assassinated during theÂ struggle for the enthronment of democracy in Nigeria and the de-annulment of June 12,Â 1993 presidential election won by Chief MKO Abiola.
â€œIt is sad, unthinkable and should be condemned. It is unacceptable to all right-thinkingÂ Nigerians for the names of these great Deltans to be omitted from such democraticÂ recognition of Nigeria at 50,â€ he said.
Prince Fregene posited that the office of the Secretary to the Government of theÂ Federation should please use the opportunity of Nigeria’s independence anniversary toÂ make necessary amendment before 31 December, 2010.
â€œThe SGFâ€™s office is supposed to be a true custodian of such facts and history,â€ heÂ added.