Order of the Niger

Nigeria became an independent country on 1 October 1960 and in 1963 became the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The republic instituted two orders of merit: the Order of the Niger and the Order of the Federal Republic.[1]

Order of the Niger
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Star and ribbon of the 2 divisions
Awarded by  Nigeria
Awarded forServices to the nation.
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignPresident of Nigeria
GradesGrand Commander (GCON)
Commander (CON)
Officer (OON)
Member (MON)
Next (higher)Order of the Federal Republic

The order takes its name from the River Niger


The two highest honours, the Grand Commander in the Order of the Federal Republic and Grand Commander in the Order of the Niger are awarded to the president and vice-president respectively. The presiding judge in the Supreme Court and the chairman of the Senate are qualitative and ex officio commander in the Order of the Niger.


The Nigerians followed the British example in the form and structure of the order. Similarly, there are post-nominal letters for members of the 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 order has a Civil Division and a Military Division. The ribbon of the latter division has a small red line in the middle.

Notable recipientsEdit

Notable recipients include:[2]

1 Joseph Wayas Former Senate President Public GCON
2 Aliko Dangote Chairman of Dangote Group Private GCON
3 Aminu Tambuwal Speaker House of Representatives, Governor of Sokoto State Public CFR
4 Ita Ekpeyong DG SSS Public CFR
5 Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN Attorney General of the Federation Public CFR
6 Oluseyi Petinrin Chief of Defence Staff Public CFR
7 Muhammadu Dikko Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Public CFR
8 Azubuike Ihejirika Chief of Army Staff Public CFR
9 Hafiz Ringim Former Inspector General of Police Public CFR
10 Abdullahi Dikko Former Comptroller General of Police Public CFR
11 Aloma Mariam Mukhtar Former Justice of the Supreme Court Public
12 Victoria Gowon Former First Lady of Nigeria Public CFR
13 Bolaji Akinyemi Scholar, diplomat, former minister Public CFR
14 Chinua Achebe Scholar, eminent writer Private CFR
15 Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi III The Olowo of Owo Private CFR
16 Tony Elumelu Philanthropist Private CON
17 Oba Otudeko Business Private CON
18 Akin Mabogunje Consultant, business Private CON
19 Peter Obi Former Governor of Anambra State Public CON
20 Liyel Imoke Former Governor of Cross River State Public CON
21 Adams Oshiomhole Former Governor of Edo State Public CON
22 Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa Former Governor of Kaduna State Public CON
23 Ibrahim Shehu Shema Former Governor of Katsina Staff Public CON
24 Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu Former Governor of Niger State Public CON
25 Rotimi Amaechi Former Governor of Rivers State Public CON
26 Godswill Akpabio Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State Public CON
27 Sule Lamido Former Governor, Jigawa State Public CON
28 Abba Kyari Former Governor North Central State Public CON
29 Chukwuemeka Ezeife Former Governor Anambra Staff Public CON
30 Olusegun Agagu Former Governor of Ondo State, geologist Public CON
31 Isiaka Adeleke Former Governor of Osun State, Senator Public CON
32 Lam Adesina Former Governor of Oyo State Public CON
33 Bukar Abba Ibrahim Former Governor of Yobe State, Senator Public CON
34 Rufus Ada George Former Governor of Rivers State Public CON
35 Atedo Peterside Banker Private CON
36 Sam Ohuabunwa Pharmacist, industrialist, administrator Private OFR
37 Tony Ezenna Business, industrialist Private OFR
38 Iyorwuese Hagher Former Minister of State for Health/Power and Steel and Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to Canada[3] Public OON
39 Victor Olaiya Musician Private[4][5] OON
40 Francesca Yetunde Emanuel Former permanent secretary Public CON
41 Tobi Amusan Athlete Sport OON


  1. ^ "National Honours Act" (PDF). Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Full list of 2010 and 2011 Nigeria National Honours Award recipients". Ogala.wordpress.com. 2011-11-14. Archived from the original on 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ "Office of the Pro-Chancellor | Afe Babalola University". Archived from the original on 2021-10-03. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  4. ^ Victor Olaiya: Nigeria's 'evil genius' trumpeter who influenced Fela Kuti Archived 2021-05-31 at the Wayback Machine, BBC, 21 March 2020
  5. ^ Victor Olaiya, Veteran Highlife Musician Dies At 89 Archived 2021-08-29 at the Wayback Machine, Daily Independent, 12 February 2020

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