25.05.2023 news JUST IN: Tinubu, Shettima Get GCFR, GCON Titles

Published 25th May, 2023

By Abimbola Abatta

President Muhammadu Buhari has honoured Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, and Kashim Shettima, his deputy, with the highest national awards in Nigeria.

Buhari gave them the titles of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and Grand Commander of Order of the Niger (GCON) respectively on Thursday.

The ceremony was held at the State House Conference Center in Abuja ahead of the May 29 inauguration.

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There are also indications that a formal handover of transition documents to the incoming administration will take place today.

It is believed that the process would be the most organised and seamless presidential transition in Nigeria’s history.

Meanwhile, the two titles are the highest national honours or awards that a Nigerian can receive from Nigeria for service to the country.

Instituted by the National Honors Act No. 5 of 1964, the GCFR and the GCON are awarded to the president and vice-president respectively.

Published 25th May, 2023

By Abimbola Abatta


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