Orders, decorations, and medals of Nigeria
Nigerian National Honours are a set of orders and decorations conferred upon Nigerians and friends of Nigeria every year. They were instituted by the National Honors Act No. 5 of 1964, during the First Nigerian Republic, to honour Nigerians who have rendered service to the benefit of the nation.
They are distinct from the honours that are part of the country's ancient chieftaincy system, which is a separate (but also legally defined) entity. National Honours are the highest honours or awards that a citizen can receive from his or her country for service to the country.
Service to country is when one have done something very good for the country or that makes the country proud. For example, a citizen may receive a national honour for inventing something useful to other citizens of the country, for performing well in an important job or for writing a brilliant book.
Nigeria's National Honors
There are different kinds of honours that a citizen may receive in Nigeria. These honours have ranks, meaning that some are higher than others. The national honours that we have in Nigeria are : Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR)
The MON is the first level of national honour and the GCFR is our highest national honour. All former presidents of Nigeria receive the GCFR and former vice presidents receive the GCON honours. These people receive national honours because of the important positions that they have had in the Nigerian government.
Giving out National Honours:
The Nigerian government decides which citizens get honours. Everyone may not always agree on who deserves national honours. Sometimes the person receiving the honour may decide that he or she does not want it. In 2004, the famous Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe, was awarded a national honour by the Nigerian government but he rejected it because he was disappointed with the way the government was ruling Nigeria at the time.
The Nigerian National Honours, in descending order of importance, are:
Order of the Federal Republic
- Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR)
- Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR)
- Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)
- Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)
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 GCFR and GCON are customarily respectively bestowed on former occupants of the office of President of Nigeria and Vice President of Nigeria including former military heads of state of Nigeria and Chiefs of General Staff. The GCON is also customarily bestowed on the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the President of the Nigerian Senate during their first year in office, while the CON is customarily bestowed on Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
- Forces Service Star (FSS)
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