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Niger president honours 6 Nigerians as country marks 62nd independence anniversary

To mark the Independence Day commemorated on August 3, the Republic of Niger Wednesday honoured six Nigerians-two Presidential aides, two businessmen and two state governors with their national honours in recognition of their roles in the promotion of better relations between the two sister states.

The day is set aside to mark the nation’s independence from France in 1960 and since 1975 has been recognised as “tree planting day” as trees are planted across the nation to aid the fight against desertification.

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In giving the awards, President Mohammed Bazoum said his country cherished Nigeria as one of its closest neighbours and friends.

Those honoured from the Presidency are the Senior Special Assistant (Household and Domestic Affairs) to the President, Sarki Abba, and the State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure.

Businessmen who received the honours are Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group and Abdulsamad Rabi’u, President BUA Group, and the two Governors were Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, Jigawa and Mohammed Bello Matawalle, Zamfara State.

They were awarded the “Order of Merit of Niger, Great Master of National Awards.”

In various citations read by the country’s leader, President Bazoum praised the efforts of “brother Nigerians” who had made great strides in increasing understanding between the two nations and for acting as agents of social and economic development.

The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu was one of those who graced the occasion.

Niger president honours 6 Nigerians as country marks 62nd independence anniversary
President Mohammed Bazoum (3rd from left) at the 62nd independence anniversary of Niger Republic, in Niamey, during which he honored six Nigerians for their contributions in promoting better relations between Nigeria and Niger Republic.With him are (left to right) Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, Zamfara State Governor, Muhammad Bello Matawalle, President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, CEO/Chairman BUA Group, AbdulSamad Rabiu, the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP) Amb Lawal Kazaure and Senior Special Assistant (Household and Domestic Affairs) to the President, Sarki Abba. 
Niger president honours 6 Nigerians as country marks 62nd independence anniversary

Those honoured are; Jigawa State Governor, Alh Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Matawalle, President of Niger, President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, CEO/Chairman BUA Group, Alhaji AbdulSamad Rabiu, SCOP Amb Lawan kazaure and SSAP to President Buhari, Mal Sarki Abba.

Niger president honours 6 Nigerians as country marks 62 independence anniversary
Niger president honours 6 Nigerians as country marks 62nd independence anniversary
Niger president honours 6 Nigerians as country marks 62nd independence anniversary
President Bazoum presents a National Award to Senior Special Assistant (Household and Domestic Affairs) to the President, Sarki Abba, at the Independence anniversary celebration of Niger Republic.
Niger president honours 6 Nigerians as country marks 62nd independence anniversary
Niger president honours 6 Nigerians as country marks 62nd independence anniversary

PHOTOS: Sunday Aghaeze

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