NATIONAL HONOURS: BUHARI TO DECORATE NGIGE, MAIKYAU, OLANIPEKUN, OZEKHOME, OTHERS OCT. 11 (FULL LIST)
ALSO LISTED: DONGBAN-MENSEM, TSOHO, KANYIP, AYO SALAMI, ISHAQ BELLO, MALAMI, FASHOLA, BOSS MUSTAPHA, OKOCHA, SAGAY, BANIRE, ALLEN ONYEMA, AJOGWU, OSUMAN, GIDADO ….
The Chairman of the Council of Legal Education (CLE), Chief Emeka Ngige SAN is among the 437 honorees who are set to be bestowed with National Honours by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja on October 11, 2022.
In a letter obtained by CITY LAWYER and dated 19th September, 2022, the Minister of Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume informed Ngige that “I have the honour to formally inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the conferment of the National Honours on you, in the rank of OFR (Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic).”
Among prominent lawyers who have also been listed for the national honours are Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN; Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN; Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, and the Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu SAN.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola and Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are among only five Nigerians to receive one of the highest honours of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), even as a total of 437 honorees have been penciled down for the 2022 National Honours Award.
While 54 honorees will receive the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) award, 67 honorees will be awarded the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) medal. Others are 64 honorees for Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), 101 for Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), 75 honorees for Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), 56 for Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) and eight for Federal Republic Medal (FRM).
PREMIUM TIMES reports that other recipients include serving and former governors, serving and former presiding officers of the National Assembly, serving and former Chief Justices of Nigeria and serving and former members of the National Assembly. Others are serving and former service chiefs, traditional rulers, retired public servants, lawyers, philanthropists, businessmen, ministers and members of the academia.
Apart from Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, the other recipients of the GCON are the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola, his predecessor; Justice Tanko Muhammad and UN Deputy Secretary General; Amina Mohammed.
Prominent on the list of recipients for CFR include Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor; former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and Appeal Court president, Monica Mensem, and former Army Chief, Tukur Buratai. Others are Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali, his predecessor, Mohammed Adamu, Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage, and Tor Tiv, James Ayatse, among others.
Nominees in this category include Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama, CEO of the NNPCL, Mele Kyari, Nasiru Bayero and Muiz Banire. Others are Ishaq Bello, Aliyu El-Nafaty and Kehinde Aina, among others.
Some nominees in this category include National Assembly members such as Alhassan Doguwa, Muktar Betara, Ndudi Elumelu and Nkiruka Onyejeocha. Others are a former Permanent Secretary, Sunday Echono, NBA President Yakubu Maikyau, Sarki Abba and Sabiu (Tunde) Yusuf, among others.
In this category are Sanusi Lemu, late DIGJoseph Egunike (posthumous), Haliru Nababa and Burna Boy. Others are Simon Shango, Billy Okoye, Akwa Okon and Emeka Agbanari, among others.
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