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.
|Order of the Niger |
|Awarded by Nigeria|
|Awarded for||Services to the nation.|
|Sovereign||President of Nigeria|
|Grades||Grand Commander (GCON)|
|Next (higher)||Order of the Federal Republic|
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 recipients include:
|S/NO||NAMES||STATUS||Sector||CLASS OF MEDAL|
|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|
|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|
|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||Public||OON|
|40||Francesca Yetunde Emanuel||Former permanent secretary||Public||CON|
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