I am currently outside the shores of Nigeria, and on an LNER Train to Aberdeen from London when I got the pleasant news that I am part of the eminent Nigerians listed for the conferment of one of the country's highest National Honours of Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON. I am number 37 on the list.
This took me by surprise and never did I have a slight knowledge that the President could have such a magnificent parting gift for some selected Nigerians and one of the gifts would have my humble name on it.
My constructive positions and contributions have solely been influenced by my passion for an egalitarian society and this is a testament that the government, particularly the President understands the genuine intentions of these patriotic acts.
I want to sincerely thank the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for this rare honour. May Almighty Allah shower divine honour on you, Sir.
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” Henri Frederic Amiel
This honour is a challenge for me and at the same time an energizer to keep contributing to the development of the country through the capacity the Lord has bestowed on me.
I appreciate all well-wishers for their references, goodwill, calls, messages and posts on this honour, and I also congratulate other deserving compatriots.
Dr Olukayode A. Ajulo, OON, FCIArb. UK
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