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Centre urges national awardees to live up to expectations

Nigerians who were recently conferred with national awards by President Muhammadu Buhari have been urged to see the honour as reward for selfless service to God and humanity.

The Chairman, governing board, Muslim Community Centre (MCC), Senator Umar said this in Abuja at a reception in honour of some of the awardees, including some MCC members and the chairman, council of imams in FCT, Ustaz Tajudeen Adigun.

Senator Umar, who described the national award as the highest honour the country can give to its citizens, stressed the need for the recipients to continue to live up to expectations by “uplifting humanity through the teachings of Islam”.

One of the Awardees, Ustaz Adigun called on other recipients, particularly Muslims, to see the opportunity as a challenge to promote righteous deeds.

Thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for finding them worthy of the honour, The controller General, Nigerian customs service, Hamidu Ali, and another recipient, a lawmaker at the National Assembly from Kano state, said the Awards will spur them to continue to contribute their quota to national development.

Reporting by Hassan Hussain; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor