By Yinka Ajayi
Following Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s advice on Nigerians to emulate two security men, Mr. Achi Daniel and Mr. Francis Emepueaku, who returned a handbag containing valuables and large sums of money, misplaced at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, by American returnee, saying such conduct reflects the new Nigerian.
Meanwhile, the management of Halogen Security, employers of the two gallant guards awarded them with a sum of N450,000 each and a scholarship overseas in Security management The company’s management singled them out for a parade of honour by their colleagues at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
What is meant for me will never pass me by – Achi Daniel Junior guard
Delighted by the employers gesture, Achi Daniel said: “ Today is the best day of my life. As a Christian,I am aware that self-contentment is a virtue and ae sure path to greatness in life. I knew a day like this will come. I am proud that Nigeria’s President Muhamadu Buhari commended my selfless service and integrity. It is the highest honour I have ever received. It is unfortunate that my wife is not alive to witness this day, but I am sure today will be remembered globally as my day of honour. I wondered how the owner could forget such a valuable bag at the car park. I didn’t hesitate to report it to my supervisor immediately, because I knew what is not mine is not mine. But I am always optimistic that what is meant for me will never pass me by.”
They insisted on appreciating us but I declined – Francis Emepueaku, Supervisor
I believe in God’s time . I made sure that all the items in the bag were intact and untempered with. Even when they insisted on appreciating us, I declined because I am aware its only God that honours man before his equals. I was brought up in a home where contentment is our watch word. I will forever take Dr. Oyegbami as a father and a source of inspiration.
No one can change our country than ourselves – Olaoye
Speaking, the Group Managing Director, Halogen Security, Mr. Wale Olaoye said: “On the scale of what we do, it is obvious that technology alone cannot get the job done without people of integrity. No one can change our country unless ourselves. What Achi and Francis did today has caught global attention about Nigeria and its a work in progress as we are relentless on our services to our dear country. No effective change will happen in Nigeria unless Nigerians take their job seriously.”
Olaoye tasked the two hero guards and their colleagues to see themselves as a potential Chief Security Officer [CSO] of any multinational company. ‘’Halogen Security has produced many chief security officers of major multinational companies like MTN, Virgin Nigeria and Air Nigeria among others from here. Any of you can rise to that level. I encourage you to aim high’’, he charged.
Let us lean to salute great examples – Awosika
In the same vein, Mr. Jimi Awosika, Africa’s renowned communication guru present said: “Let us learn to salute great examples. Doctor Banji Oyegbami has done Nigeria proud by speaking up on the good gesture displayed by these two gallant guards. If he had not pushed on social media, we would not have gathered here in their honour. It’s a proof that the two gentlemen are also the good news that the world can emulate in Nigeria.”
You will recall Achi Daniel, a junior guard who was deployed to secure the multi level car park facility managed by a Halogen client, Aphamead Facilities Management Limited at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Ikeja found the lost bag and immediately handed the exhibit to his supervisor- Francis Emepueaku for proper handling and investigation on the incident. Supo Francis scrolled through the phone in the lost bag and called one of the bag owner’s contacts that he had found in the phone. Alas!, the contact happened to be the daughter of the owner of the bag, who received the call in America. This legendary display of integrity got the owner surprised.
With this breed of professionals,Nigeria will be great again – Dr. Oyegbami
Dr. Banji Oyegbami, the Lagos based medical practitioner and a family friend of the owner of the lost bag who witnessed the incident expressed hope that Nigeria will be great again with men of integrity such as Achi and Francis: “I was really surprised at the level of honesty and integrity displayed by both of them and I think they should be commended. There is no doubt, Nigeria is going to be great again with these kind of new breed of professionals”. he said.