President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to emulate two security men who returned a handbag filled with valuables, including dollars, forgotten at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport by an American returnee.
He said such conduct reflects the new Nigeria that we all desire.
A Lagos-based medical doctor, Banji Oyegbami, who runs Betta Hospital in Agege, had met a family returning from America at the airport on August 18.
In the process of loading their luggage into his car, the handbag of the returnee’s wife fell, unknown to anyone.
It was not until 90 minutes later that an officer of Halogen Securities, on duty at the airport, called the couple, to come for the retrieved bag.
When the bag was eventually collected, the contents, including a handsome amount of American dollars, phone, wrist watch, and other valuables were intact.
The grateful couple offered a generous gift, but Messrs Francis Emepueaku and Achi Daniel, declined, saying they were merely doing their duties.
President Buhari said that despite the scoffing of 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,” he submits.
“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.”
The President 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, and return the country to an inglorious past.
“Nigeria will no longer be a byword for corruption and plundering of public resources. That is the path we have chosen to take, and our country will eventually get to a new shore,” President Buhari affirmed.
ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST. NIGERIA IS STILL BLESSED WITH SOME HONEST PEOPLE… A True Life Story
I am Dr Banji Oyegbami, a Medical practitioner in Lagos. The following story is my practical experience at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos yesterday night 18th August 2018.
As planned I went to the Airport with my driver to pick up my very close friend and his wife that arrived from Atlanta USA on board Delta Airline.
I parked my car on the first floor of the New Multi level car park and walked briskly to wait for my guests in front of the Arrival hall. About an hour of waiting my friend and wife emerged from the entrance pushing the luggage trolley.
I rushed forward to meet them and as expected exchanged pleasantries. My driver immediately took over the trolley and we walk briskly to the car park chatting all along the way. We got there and started loading the bags into the boot of the vehicle.
Instinctively Madam dropped her handbag on the floor while trying to help the driver with the loading. Loading done. the 4 of us jumped into the car and drove out of the Airport. But my friend’s wife forgot to pick her handbag.
We journeyed for about one and a half hour in terrible traffic without realizing this.
We were jolted when I received a phone call from the daughter of my friend in America. She told us that she received a call via her mother’s number. The caller informed her that the owner of the phone forgot her bag at the Airport car park, and that we should turn back to collect it.
It was only then that my friend’s wife realized that her bag was missing. To confirm the information, I called the missing phone and it was picked. The receiver confirmed that the bag is with him. He gave his name as Mr Francis and that he is the supervisor of the park.
We headed back to the Airport with speed and shortly we met Mr Francis who after confirming madam’s identity narrated the story.
A junior officer of Halogen Securities Mr Achi Daniel found the bag and gave it to his supervisor as lost and found item.
Mr Francis scrolled through the phone in the lost bag and called my friend’s daughter in USA who called me to relay the message.
Mr Francis Emepueaku told us that they had gone through the bag and logged every item therein.
My friend’s wife who was very tensed was asked to relax and verify that nothing was missing. She did and confirmed that the items were complete. The log book was presented to her to sign which she did after thorough cross checking.
The lost and found bag contained her Phone, large sum of Dollars in labeled envelops sent through her to people in Nigeria, wrist watches she planned as gift items and other documents and valuables.
We were speechless when Mr Francis refused the tip we offered him saying that they were only doing their duty.
I was really surprised at the level of honesty and integrity displayed by Mr Francis and Mr Achi Daniel both of Halogen Securities and I think they should be commended.
Kindly broadcast this message to all your contacts. Nigeria is not devoid of honest men and women as exemplified by Mr Francis and Mr Achi.
THUMBS UP FOR HALOGEN SECURITIES. THUMBS UP FOR MR FRANCIS EMEPUEAKU AND MR ACHI DANIEL