A total of 437 people have been nominated to be conferred National Honours by the President, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, 11th October 2022 at the International Conference Centre.

The Federal Government announced and released the details of recipients for the Awards on national newspapers on Sunday, 9th October 2022, by the Federal Ministry of Special duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.

The nominees include a gateman, cleaner, bank security guard and some foreigners, among others.

One of the nominees is Musa Usman, who worked as a gateman to V. Verghese, an Indian National and director of Jawa International Limited. Verghese offered to build him a house for his guard Usman, rejected the  offer and instead requested that a borehole be built in his community. Usman, who hails from Giljimmi, a Fulani settlement in Birniwa LGA of Jigawa state, lives with his family in a thatched house.

Also on the list is Josephine Agu, a staff of a cleaning company at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, in 2015, found $12,200 that a passenger forgot inside a toilet within the airport and returned it to security officials at the airport.

Similarly, Ibrahim Mohammed Ogbanago, a security guard working for the United Bank for Africa (UBA), found an envelope containing $10,000 (about N3.5 million) at the bank’s gate and returned it to the banks officials.

Also in the same category, a posthumous honour will be conferred on Matthew Olamide Oyedepo.

Oyedepo died in the ill-fated Beachcraft 350 that crash-landed at the Kaduna International Airport last year, killing Ibrahim Attahiru, former chief of army staff, and nine others.

Before now, a list of nominees was leaked, on which a total of 437 people were said to be nominated for various honours by the Federal Government. The leaked list was inundated with inconsistences, errors, and the absence of notable names.

Story: Christy Dung