Sample lesson: National Honors

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.

The Act established two Orders of Dignity known as:

  • The Order of the Federal Republic
  • And the Order of the Niger.

Each Order consists of four ranks:

  1. The first and highest rank is the Grand Commander
  2. The next rank is the Commander
  3. Followed by the Officer
  4. And finally, the Member.

The National Honours, in descending order of importance, are:

  1. Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) 
  2. Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) 
  3. Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR)
  4. Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)
  5. Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)
  6. Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) 
  7. Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)
  8. Member of the Order of the Niger (MON)