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Buhari extols security men for returning dollars to owner at airport


President Muhammadu Buhari has commended two security men for returning a misplaced handbag containing valuables at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

An American returnee misplaced the bag, containing dollars, phone, wristwatch and other treasures.

In a statement by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, he urged Nigerians to emulate the gesture in the spirit of a new Nigeria.

According to the statement, a Lagos-based medical doctor, Banji Oyegbami, had received a family returning from America at the airport on August 18, 2018.


But, while loading the luggage into the car, the handbag of the returnee’s wife fell, unknown to anyone.

It was leant that about 90 minutes later, an officer of Halogen Security, who was on duty at the airport, called the couple to come over to retrieve the bag.

He added that when the bag was eventually collected, the entire contents were found to be untouched.

The grateful couple was said to have offered a generous gift to the security men, whose names were given as Francis Emepueaku and Achi Daniel, but they declined, saying they were merely doing their duties.

Buhari said despite the scoffing by a minority number, Nigeria is resolutely on the road to a new dawn.

“Honesty remains the best policy. We must exhibit such behaviour in whatever position we find ourselves, whether high or low.

“The security men could have chosen to behave differently, following the self-serving principle of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them.’ But they have chosen to be examples of good, honest Nigerians. I commend their conduct to the rest of the country,” he said.

Buhari urged Nigerians to bring out the best in themselves at all times, noting that with such minds, they can never be hoodwinked again by those who seek power for selfish and dubious reasons to return the country to an inglorious past.

The president said Nigeria would no longer be a byword for corruption and plundering of public resources.

He stressed that it is the path that we have chosen to take, adding that the country will eventually get to a new shore.

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