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National Honours (Orders)


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IMAGE: President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Confers a national award on Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (CFR) during the 2011 National Honours Award at the International Conference Centre, Abuj »

The Nigerian National Honours are a series of awards, commendations and orders conferred on eminient Nigerians and Foreigners by the Federal Government for acts and activities that promote the growth, development and or Unity of Nigeria.

It was initiated by the National Honors Act of 1963.

The honours are reserved for Nigerian Citizens with foreigners granted Honorary Awards only.

Each Rank has limits in the quantity of people who can recieve it in a calender year.

Below are the honours (awards);

Order of the Federal Republic
  1. Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)
  2. Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)
  3. Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR)
  4. Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR)
Order of the Niger
  1. Member of the Order of the Niger (MON)
  2. Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON)
  3. Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)
  4. Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON)

 

The GCFR is the highest honour and is held mainly by heads of state, with GCON being accorded to most Vice-Presidents. However during the Presidency of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan he granted to title of GCON to titans on Industry including Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Otunba Mika Adenuga Jr.

The GCON is also often conferred on the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the President of the Nigerian Senate.

All of these honours including CON, CFR etc., come with high regard in the society and political circles and while holders do not have immunity, dignity comes with the titles. Ascribing the titles by self appropriation can land you in jail for 6 months in Nigeria.

 

Limits on conferrments in a year.

Honour Limit
Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) 2
Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) 10
Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) 20
Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) 30
Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) 50
Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) 100
Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) 100
Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) 100

 

Service medals also exist for men and women of the Armed Forces, Police, Fire and Prisons. Here are the medals.

Armed Service Medals

  1. Nigeria Star (N.S)
  2. River Niger Star (R.N.S)
  3. River Benue Star (R.B.S)
  4. Nigeria Eagle (N.E)
  5. Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M)
  6. Loyal Service and Good Conduct Medal;
  7. Forces Service Star.

Police Medals

  1. Nigeria Police Star
  2. Meritorious Service Medal
  3. Special Constabulary Medal
  4. Long Service Medal

Prison Service Medals

  1. Nigeria Prison Service Cross
  2. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  3. Meritorious Service Medal

Fire Service Medals

  1. Nigerian Fire Service Cross
  2. Meritorious Service Medal
  3. Long Service Medal

Updated 5 Months ago
 

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