62nd independence anniversary: Buhari to honour  Ooni, Elumelu, Ovia, Wigwe, 433 others

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…Oilserv, Nestoil CEOs bag national honours

The  Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty  Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II (Ooni of Ife)- , Group Managing Director ( GMD) Access Bank Plc Dr Herbert Wigwe, Chairman United Bank for Africa ( UBA PLC) Mr Tony Elumelu, Chairman Zenith Bank PLC Mr Jim Ovia and 433 achievers are to receive National Honours Awards 2022.

Nigerian NewsDirect  gathered that the Awards will be presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 11, 2022 at the State House Abuja. Oba Ogunwusi, Tony Elumelu and Jim Ovia  are recipients of the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR). Ovia is the founder of Zenith Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Nigeria. He is the chairman and largest individual shareholder. Herbert Wigwe, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, Chairman, Air Peace, Dr Allen Onyema; Chairman, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Mohammed Buba Marwa; and Chairman Oilserv Group, Engr.(Dr.) Chukwuemeka Okwuosa are also recipients of the Commander of The Order of the Niger (CON).

Chimamanda, will be a recipient of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). The Enugu born writer  has received global recognition for her work, which has been translated into over thirty languages and won numerous awards and prizes. The writer has received 16 honorary doctorate degrees from some of the world’s leading universities; and is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Equally on the list in recognition of their achievements: President, Nestoil Group, Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi; Former Deputy Governor, CBN, Mr Adebayo A. Adelabu; CEO, United Nigeria Airlines, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo; and NIMASA DG, Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh are to receive the Officer of The Order of The Federal Republic (OFR).

In the list, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) has 5 recipients, Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) 54 awardees, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) 67, Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) 64, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) 101, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) 75, Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) 56, and Federal Republic Medal (FRM) has 8 award recipients.

African investor and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, will receive the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), while the Group Chief Executive Officer, GCEO, of the NNPC Ltd Mele Kyari, will be a recipient of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

Full List of Nigeria’s National Honors Awards for 2022

Total Number of Persons Nominated: 437

GCON 5   CFR 54   CON 67  OFR 64

OON 101  MFR 7  MON 56  FRM 8

A: GRAND COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (GCON) Sen. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, PhD President of the Senate (Yobe) Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola CJN (Oyo) Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad CJN (Bauchi) Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala DG WTO (Abia) Ms. Amina J. Mohammed UN, Deputy Secretary General (Gombe) B: COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC (CFR)

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila Speaker HOR Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege Deputy President of the Senate Mr. Boss Mustapha SGF Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan HOS Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara Former Speaker HOR Hon. Justice Kudirat M.O. Kekere-Ekun Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad Hon. Justice Monica Bolna’an Dongban-Mensem President Court of Appeal Plateau Mallam Abba Kyari (Posthumous)

Justice Ayo Salami (Rtd) Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (Posthumous) Lt. Gen Lamidi O. Adeosun (Rtd)

Gen. Lucky E. O Irabor Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya Air Marshal Oladayo Amao Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo Gen. Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin Lt-Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar Mohammed Abubakar Adamu Mr. Usman Alkali Baba Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd) Alh. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar Yusuf Magaji Bichi, fwc HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II (Ooni of Ife) HM Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II (Oba of Benin)

His Highness, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero (Emir of Kano Kano) HRH Ahmed Nuhu Bamali (Emir of Zazzau)

HRM Prof James Ortese Ayatse (Tor Tiv V) HRH Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III (Emir of Gombe)

HRH Alh. Muhammadu ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa (Emir of Fika) Da. Jacob Gyang Buba (Gbong Gwom)

HRH Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I (JSC Rtd) (Emir of Lafia) HM King Dandeson Douglas JAJA (King Jaja of Opobo) HRM Oba Gabriel Adejuwon (Onisan of Isan Ekiti) HIM Oba (Dr) Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II (Deji of Akure) HRH Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi (Akarigbo of Remo)

His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr) Solomon Daniel Etuk, JP (Oku Ibom Ibibio) HRM Ogiame Atuwatse III (Olu of Warri) HRM Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu (Igwe of Eziama) HRM King Alfred Diete-Spiff (Chairman, Bayelsa Council of Chiefs) HRM Eze (Dr) E. C. Okeke (Chairman Imo Council) HRM Eze Joseph Ndubuisi Nwabeke (Chairman Abia Council) HRM Eze Charles N. Nkpuma (Chairman, Ebonyi)  Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) (CG Customs Bauchi) Dr. Solomon Ehigiator Arase (Former IGP)  Sir Dr. Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu (Elder statesman) Mr. Jim Ovia (Business Executive)

Chief Oluwole Olanipekun, SAN Tony O. Elumelu (Business Executive) Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu (CEO BUA Group) Dr. Eruani Azibapu Godbless (Businessman) Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd)

C: COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (CON) Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase Dep. Speaker HOR Plateau CON H.E Alhaji Mai Mala Buni Governor Yobe CON H.E. Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN Governor Ondo CON H.E. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Governor Kebbi CON H.E. Engr. David Nweze Umahi Governor Ebonyi CON

H.E. Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Governor Enugu CON H.E. Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong Governor Plateau CON  H.E. Prof Ben Ayade Governor Cross River CON  H.E. Arc. Dickson Darius Ishiaku Governor Taraba CON  H.E. Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai Governor Kaduna CON

H.E. Dr Kayode Fayemi Governor Ekiti CON  H.E. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa Governor Delta CON  H.E. Prof Babagana Umara Zulum Governor Borno CON  Alhaji Lai Mohammed Minister Kwara CON

Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello Minister Adamawa CON

Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed Minister Kaduna CON  Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN Minister Lagos CON  Dr. Osagie Ehanire Minister Edo CON  Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu Minister Abia CON  Mallam Adamu Adamu Minister Bauchi CON  Timipre Sylva Minister Bayelsa CON

Abubakar Malami, SAN Minister Kebbi CON  Sen. Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi Senator Kebbi CON  Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi Senator Niger CON  Sen. Albert Bassey Akpan Senator Akwa Ibom CON  Sen. Mohammed Sabo Nakudu Senator Jigawa CON  Sen. Solomon Olamilekan Adeola Senator Lagos CON  Sen. Abubakar A. Kyari Senator Borno CON  Sen. Mohammed Sani Musa Senator Niger CON  Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele Senator Ekiti CON

Sen. Chukwuka Godfrey Utazi Senator Enugu CON  Sen. Jibrin I. Barau Senator Kano CON   Mallam Mamman Daura Elder Statesman Katsina CON   Chief Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma CEO Innoson Motors Anambra CON

Prof Ali Pate Former Minister Bauchi CON  AVM Ishaya Aboi Shekari Rtd Military Officer Kaduna CON  Prof Attahiru Muhammadu Jega Former INEC Chairman Kebbi CON  Chief Chidi Anyaegbu CEO Chisco Motors Anambra CON

Prof Afonja Olumuyiwa Adebayo Academia Oyo CON  Prof Ayodele Desalu Academia Ogun CON Prof Benedict Okechukwu Oramah President/CEO Afriexim Bank Anambra CON  High Chief Dr. Mike Ozekhome, SAN Legal Practitioner Edo CON  Gen. Paul C. Tarfa (Rtd) Rtd Military Officer Adamawa CON

Dr. Allen Onyema Chairman, Air Peace Anambra CON  HE Amb. George Obiozor Former Ambassador Imo CON  Amb. Ademola Rasaq Seriki Diplomat Lagos CON  HRH Ibrahim Ibn Umar el-Kanemi Shehu of Dikwa Borno CON   Tein T.S. Jack-Rich Jnr Businessman/Philanthropist Rivers CON

HRH Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha Emir of Biu Borno CON

HRH Alhaji Haruna Kadir Rashid Emir of Dukku Gombe CON  Alhaji Dahiru Barau Mangal Businessman Katsina CON  HRM Dr. Benjamin Ikenchuku Dein of Agbor Delta CON  Alh. Dr. Barr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III Emir of Keffi Nasarawa CON

Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril Emir of Nasarawa Nasarawa CON  HRH Dr. Daniel Shaga Samaila Hama Bachama Adamawa CON

Chief Anthony Enahoro Posthumous Edo CON Prof Is-haq Oloyede Registrar JAMB Ogun CON  Barr. Adebayo Ogunlesi Owner of Gatwick Airport Ogun CON  Justice Fati Abubakar Rtd CJ Niger State Niger CON

HRM Ogurimerime Ukori I Michael Omeru (JP) Ovie of Agbon Kingdom Delta CON  HRH Alh. Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa Ona of Abaji FCT CON  Prof Wale Suleiman World Class Neuro-Surgeon Kwara CON

Rev. Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle President CAN Oyo CON

Mr. Herbert Wigwe Banker Rivers CON  Igwe Prof Laz Edward Nnanyelu Ekwueme, NNOM Traditional Ruler Anambra CON

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd) Chairman NDLEA Adamawa CON  Engr. (Dr) Chukwuemeka Okwuosa Business Executive Anambra CON

D: OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC (OFR)

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese Taraba OFR

Prof Aliyu Usman El-Nafaty Medica Practitioner Gombe OFR

Mohammed Babandede Former CG Immigration Jigawa OFR

Hon. Justice Ishaq Usman Bello Former Chief Judge FCT Kaduna OFR  Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed Former CG NCoS Kebbi OFR

Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi Businessman Anambra OFR

Justice Pascal Nnadi Rtd CJ Imo State Imo OFR  Mr. Adebayo A. Adelabu Former Dep Gov CBN Oyo OFR  Prof. Obiora Okonkwo CEO United Nigeria Airlines Anambra OFR

HRM Oba (Dr.) Jacob Olufemi Omolade Olu of Ibarra Ogun OFR

Julius Dediare Rone Business Executive Delta OFR

HRH Alh. (Dr.) Ibrahim Bello Emir of Gusau Zamfara OFR

Engr. Mansur Ahmed President MAN Kano OFR  Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire SSAP on SDGs Lagos OFR

Prof Itsejuwa Esanjumi Sagay, SAN Legal Practitioner Delta OFR

Dr. Ibrahim Tahir Posthumous/Former Minister Bauchi OFR

Barr. Kehinde Aina Legal Practitioner Oyo OFR  Justice Muktar Muhammad Dodo Rtd Judge Katsina OFR

Prof Fabian Ajogwu, SAN Legal Practitioner Enugu OFR

Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN Chairman ICPC Ondo OFR

Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmad Posthumous Kano OFR

Justice Nasir Ajanah Posthumous Kogi OFR

Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho CJ FHC Benue OFR

Hon. Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip President NIC Kaduna OFR

Hon. Justice Cosmas Idye President CCA Benue State Benue OFR  Justice Idris Abdullahi Haroon Rtd Grand Khadi Kwara State Kwara OFR  Hon. Justice Sulyman Durosinlorun Kawu CJ Kwara State Kwara OFR  Alh. Nurudeen Rafin Dadi Public Servant Katsina OFR

Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Manu Yusuf Army Yobe OFR  Maj. Gen. J.G.K. Myam Army Benue OFR  Maj. Gen. Samuel A. Adebayo Army Kogi OFR

AVM Charles Akpochai Owho Air Force Delta OFR  AVM Jackson Andrew Yusuf Air Force Bauchi OFR

  1. Adm S. S. Garba Navy Kano OFR R. Adm. B. J. Gbassa Navy Rivers OFR R. Adm. Abdul Biu Adamu (Rtd) Rtd Naval Officer Borno OFR  Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi FRSC Kwara OFR  Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni CG NSCDC Nasarawa OFR  Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE Sportsman Ogun OFR

Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam Businessman Borno OFR

Maj. Gen. Obi Abel Umahi (Rtd) Rtd Military Officer Ebonyi OFR

Mele Kolo Kyari GMD NNPC Borno OFR  HRH Oba Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede Traditional Ruler Ondo OFR  Hon. Shitu Muhammed Kabir Agriculturist FCT OFR  Dr. Christian Odinaka Igwe Entrepreneur Abia OFR

Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu, SAN ES – NHRC Imo OFR

Chief Nnaemeka Ngige, SAN Chairman, Council of Legal Education Anambra OFR  HRH Alh. Nasiru Ado Bayero Emir of Bichi Kano OFR   HRH King Amb. Dr. Apollos Chu Traditional Ruler Rivers OFR

Mr. Adeola Rahman Ipaye DCOS VP Lagos OFR  Chief Dr. Alexander Chika Okafor CEO Chikason Group Anambra OFR  Amb. Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure SCOOP Jigawa OFR

Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh DG NIMASA Katsina OFR  Most Rev. Panti Filibus Musa, PhD Religious Adamawa OFR  Dr. Bala Usman Posthumous/University Don Katsina OFR  Sen. Osita Bonaventure Izunaso Former Senator Imo OFR

Sen. Dr. Eze Darlington Ajoku Former Senator Imo OFR ; Dr. Abdul Bulama Former Minister Yobe OFR

Mike Mamman Osuman, SAN Legal Practitioner Benue OFR

Sen. Julius Ucha Former Senator Ebonyi OFR. See full list on the website.