The Senator representing Kogi West under the All Progressive Congress (APC), Sen. Dino Melaye, has bagged two awards in the United States (US) for his anti-corruption crusade and support for the #BrigBackOurGirls campaign on the missing Chibok girls.
Melaye in a statement yesterday, promised to dedicate the award,which would be conferred on him later August this year, by the US-based Exclusive Accolade International Magazine, in recognition of his strict stance against corruption in Nigeria, to the missing Chibok girls.
The Accolade Media, in letter dated June 8, 2015 and signed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Amb. Ginika Tor and Patron, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva, said; “this award is in recognition of your outstanding qualities, innovations, immense humanitarian service and demonstration of excellence in your quest and passion to end corruption in Nigeria”.
Responding, Melaye said his commitment to the fight against corruption is a “battle of no retreat, no surrender”.
The Convener of the Senators of Like minds, which spearheaded the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President the 8th National Assembly also promised not to relent in his anti-corruption crusade.
“I thank the organisers of the award and accept in wholeheartedly. I dedicate the award to the missing Chibok girls. I also use this opportunity to pray for their return and this award can only propel me to do more in the anti-corruption fight in Nigeria.
“The battle to rescue Nigeria from economic cankerworms and financial scavengers is a battle of no retreat, no surrender”, he said.
“I use this opportunity to call on Nigerians to join the battle against corruption that has become the bane of our development because in an unjust society, silence is a crime”, he urged.
Meanwhile, the second award ceremony is jointly organised by US-based Southern Barter Club (SBC) led by its President, Laurie A. Sossa and the State of Georgia.
The event, according to its promoters, was “conceptualized to recognise men and women of distinction in their various areas of endeavour as well as those who have positively impacted our society in very remarkable ways”.
It could be recalled that Melaye was before his election to the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network (ACN), a platform registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) through which he checked the excesses of corrupt government officials and Convener, Citizens Arise Movement of Nigeria (CAMON).