Full List of Nigerian National Honours, What they Represent and who Can be Given

Full List of Nigerian National Honours, What they Represent and who Can be Given

Nigeria like many other countries in the world has a list of honours that are given to its citizens to appreciate their contributions to national and human developments in the country.

According to Wikipedia, the national honours which are awarded yearly are backed by the National Honours Act No 5 of 1964.

It should be noted that these honours are quite different from the ones given by the traditional chieftaincy institution.

Full ist of Nigerian national honours: What they represent and who can be given
President Buhari conferred the 2018 Nigerian National Order of Merit award on Prof. Olufemi Obafemi. Photo source: @BNMC_Borno
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While the government decides who gets what, an awardee may turn down the honour as was in the case of Chinua Achebe who rejected his in 2004.

Below are, therefore, the honours in two categories:

1. Order of the federal republic

- Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR)

- Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR)

- Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)

- Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)

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2. Order of the Niger

- Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON)

- Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)

- Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON)

- Member of the Order of the Niger (MON)

The GCFR is the highest of the titles and it is given to the country's president, while the vice president gets the GCON. The title of the CON is awarded to the supreme justices of Nigeria.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a young Nigerian man identified as Daniel took to Facebook in joyous mood to announce that he received the prestigious President’s NYSC Honours Award.

In a post he made on Thursday, February 11, the excited Daniel shared photos of himself as he struck a pose with the award and another displaying the award and certification that came with it.

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He was one of the 110 young Nigerians that received the President’s NYSC Honours Award for 2018/2019 service year in a ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

Daniel who served at Taraba state where he emerged the best at the state award stated that he was only motivated to serve well due to his passion for touching and affecting lives of people from underprivileged homes.

Source: Legit Nigeria

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