- Corporal Bashir Umar has revealed why he returned €37,000 he found to the owner
- The NAF had on Thursday, July 25, given double promotion to Umar for being honest
- Umar said he never thought of keeping the money for himself because of his fear of God
Corporal Bashir Umar, a personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), who was on Thursday, July 25, given double promotion by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, for his honesty, has revealed why he returned €37,000 he found to the owner.
In an interview with Daily Trust, he narrated the events before and after his incredible act of honesty, adding that some people insulted him for returning the cash.
Legit.ng gathered that he said they were coming back from a patrol when he saw an envelope on the side of the road, adding that he picked it up but he refused to let his colleagues know what was inside the envelope.
He said: "I saw a phone number on the envelope, so when we got back to the barracks, I called it. A man answered, and I told him we found a package, and he responded that ‘yes, a brown envelope, with the name Alhaji Ahmed written on it.
"Then he said the enveloped belonged to him, and that we should meet that evening, to which I said no problem, that he should come to the Air Force Base and collect the money. The man came, parked his car outside, and I went to meet him. I then gave him the package, and he told me the contents, €37,000, which he counted and confirmed was complete.
"He was very grateful, and asked me what reward I wanted from him, because I have assisted him greatly, adding that not many people would have returned the money. I told him I don’t need anything from him, because my job pays for all my needs.
Asked if he thought of keeping the money for himself, Umar said the thought never crossed his mind because of the upbringing he had.
He said: "Not for a second in my mind did I think to keep it, because my father has always taught me not to touch other people’s property, as he’s also warned me against taking drug and womanizing. That’s why I don’t take anything that doesn’t belong to me. So, I’ve always kept my promise to my dad."
Umar, however, said that he received abuses from people who thought he was foolish for returning the money to the owner.
"Some people have been insulting me. Some even said I will never be a rich man in my lifetime. But others have also applauded me; I have heard all kinds of talk on the issue. But I don’t regret what I did. Rather, I am even happier having returned the money," he added.
He said he was happy for being honoured by the NAF with double promotion, adding that those insulting him would realise the folly of their ways.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Umar was on Thursday, July 25, given a double promotion from aircraftman to corporal by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, for returning a missing €37,000 to the owner.
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