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Buhari confers national honour on 450 Nigerians, foreigners



The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, George Akume, said 450 out of over 5, 000 nominees received the 2022 National Honours Awards for their various contributions to the country.

Mr Akume said this in his address of welcome at the National Honours Awards Investiture on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said the nominees were drawn from various walks of life across the public and private sectors.


“Over 5000 nominees were presented to the national awards committee for consideration. However, only 450 persons made the final list,” he said.

“The National Honours Awards was established by the National Honours Act of No 6 in 1964 with effect from Oct 1, 1963.

“The Act empowers the President by warrant, the Nigerian Order of Dignity to honour deserving citizens who have contributed to the development of, and progress of the country in any field of endeavour.

“In 2022, 450 citizens together with foreigners labelled as “Nigerians and Friends of Nigeria,” received various honours ranging from the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger to Federal Republic Medals.”

According to the minister, six eminent Nigerians received the award of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger, GCON, 55 received Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, CFR, 65 received the award of Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON, 70 received the award of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, OFR.

Others were seven foreigners, who received the award of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, OFR, 110 received Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON, 74 Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR, 55 received Member of the Order of the Niger, MON, while four received Federal Republic Medal 1, FRM1,

On the list were four recipients for the award of Federal Republic Medal 2 (FRM 2).

Some of the recipients, who received honoured posthumously included former Chief of Staff to the President, late Abba Kyari, CFR, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and Aircraft Man Matthew Oyedepo, the latter two who died in a fatal plane crash in May 2021.

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