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Buhari Honors Osimhen, Others with national awards

Outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday approved the conferment of the 2023 national awards on several Nigerians in various categories.

The awards list, which had 340 Nigerians and was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Ibiene Roberts, had Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare; former Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick and Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen.

Dare was conferred with the prestigious Commander of the Order of the Niger award, while the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic was bestowed on Pinnick.

Osimhen received the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic.

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NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi celebrated Dare following the award.

“The National Award of CON conferred on Chief Sunday Dare by Mr. President goes a long way to underscore the character, diligence, competence and drive that the man brought to the job. Chief Dare worked assiduously to reposition Nigeria sports generally and posterity will be kind to him.

“He has been a class act. We celebrate him for the award and we pray that he will continue to soar even higher in his future endeavours.”

Sanusi also congratulated Osimhen, whose name appeared on number 23 of those conferred with the MFR honour.

“The football industry has been given ample recognition this time and we commend our father, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for this. The award to Osimhen means that even as a football player, you can be honoured by your country for exceptional service and also for the way you represent the country abroad.

“We are proud of Osimhen and what he has done and continues to do with Napoli SC in Italy and for the Super Eagles.”

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