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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
Order of the Niger Nigeria.jpg
Star and ribbon of the 2 divisions
Awarded by  Nigeria
Type Order
Awarded for Services to the nation.
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign President of Nigeria
Grades Grand Commander (GCON)
Commander (CON)
Officer (OON)
Member (MON)
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of the Federal Republic

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AwardEdit

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 qualitate and ex officio Commander in the Order of the Niger.

GradesEdit

The Nigerians have followed the British example in the form and structure of the Order. There are also post-nominal letters for the 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)

There is a Civil Division and a Military Division. The ribbon of the latter division has a small red line in the middle.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Honours Act" (PDF). Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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