The Management of Tentacle Magazines on Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of the monthly magazine, even as it used the occasion to confer special recognition awards to 16 outstanding individuals, and also launched a book on Nigeria’s 20 years democracy.
In his welcome address, the publisher of Tentacle Magazine, Chief Innocent Chukwu expressed concern over the spate of blood-letting in the country under a democratically elected government. He also blamed the citizens for being complacent and comfortable in the face of misrule.
According to him, “It appears that we the citizens love to swim in complacency and comfort zone, carelessness and pretense, and inability to face reality in our quest to build a modern and decent society which is wholly organised, orderly, workable and has a deep-seated regard for the dignity of human person, and sacredness of the human blood. Nigeria of today-a near theatre of blood – has lost the sense of these two noble elements of nation building”.
Speaking further, Chief Chukwu said he believed in a Nigeria where the sanctity of human life is sacrosant, and the wellbeing of citizens is paramount.
“I believe in Nigeria that would have emotional feelings towards her citizens without hypocrisy. A country where the palatial Aso Rock Presidential Villa can practically be on fire whenever the life of just one citizen is publicly threatened.
” I believe in Nigeria where there will be an equitable distribution of wealth and infrastructure among citizens and regions in such a constituted approach that abject poverty, anywhere in the country will become a criminal offence against the ruling class”.
Highlights of the occasion were launching of a book entitled, The Aura of Nigeria Democracy” which was written by the Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of Tentacle Magazine, Chief Innocent Chukwu, and the conferrement of Special Recognition Awards to some notable Nigerians.
Amongst those honoured were the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, the DG NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Founder of NAGAFF, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, and the Nationa PRO of Customs, DC Joseph Attah.
Others include, Hahia Lami Tumaka, Mr Lucky Amiwero, Prince Olayiwola Shittu, Dr Odumakin, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, Barr Mrs Jean Chiazor Anishere and many others.
The event was well attended by dignitaries from the maritime industry, the civil social groups as well as friends and well-wishers of Tentacle Magazine.