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BUA president, Dangote, Others Receive Niger Republic’s Highest Awards

BUA president, Dangote, Others Receive Niger Republic's Highest Awards

BUA president, Dangote, Others Receive Niger Republic’s Highest Awards

BUA president, Dangote, Others Receive Niger Republic’s Highest Awards

The Order of Merit of Niger and Great Master of National Awards, the country’s highest civilian honors, were presented to six Nigerians on Wednesday in recognition of their contributions to fostering greater ties between the two nations.

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The honorees include two businessmen, Aliko Dangote, president of the Dangote Group, and Abdulsamad Rabi’u, president of the BUA Group, as well as the governors of Jigawa and Zamfara states, Badaru Abubakar and Bello Matawalle.

The Senior Special Assistant (Household and Domestic Affairs) to the President, Sarki Abba, and the State Chief of Protocol, Lawal Kazaure, were recognized by the Presidency.

This is according to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘Six Nigerians get Niger Republic’s highest civilian honors.’

 BUA president, Dangote, Others Receive Niger Republic’s Highest Awards

The award ceremony was to mark the nation’s independence from France in 1960 and since 1975 has been recognized as “tree planting day” as trees are planted across the nation to aid the fight against desertification.

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In giving the awards, Niger’s President Mohammed Bazoum said his country cherished Nigeria as one of its closest neighbors and friends.

In various citations read by the country’s leader, Bazoum praised the efforts of “brother Nigerians” who had made great strides in increasing understanding between the two nations and for acting as agents of social and economic development.

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The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, was one of those who graced the occasion.


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