BUHARI SALUTE NIGERIAN IKENNA NWEKE WHO RETURNED MISSING WALLET IN JAPAN?
Not every igbo man, Hausa, yoruba, Fulani etc is a criminal home and abroad.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Embassy in Japan have commended Ikenna Nweke, a Nigerian Ph.D student in University of Tsukuba, Japan, who returned a missing wallet with huge sums of money to the police.
Nweke was also turned down offer of a percentage by the authorities who told him that the law in Japan gives him the right receive 10% of the found missing money. President Buhari salutes Mr Nweke for “projecting the values of honesty, integrity and contentment that should be the hallmark of a people”,
This was made known by Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina in a statement yesterday.
When contacted by the press, Nweke who hails from Amauzari in Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo state, said he was born and raised in Okpoko, Onitsha Anambra state, but relocated to Japan in 2013 through a Japanese/Nigerian government sponsored scholarship program.
He said, “On the 19th of June 2020, while I was going home from the university, I decided to get my wife her favorite kebab (a Japanese delicacy). As I was climbing the staircase around Tsukuba center, I noticed something on the ground.
“As I drew closer, I saw that it was a wallet. When I opened it, I saw a huge sum of money, a credit card, and other valuables.
“I immediately reported to the police. One of the officers was surprised and asked me why I did not take the money. I told him that there was no need for that because I was raised by responsible parents, and that I am also a Christian”.
“He told me that according to Japanese law, that I was entitled to 10% of the money found inside the wallet. Again I declined. The look on his face indicated bewilderment,” he said.
Ikenna Nweke who is married with four kids revealed the owner of the wallet called him to show appreciation and also got a letter from the Ibaraki/Tsukuba Police.
” They expressed their gratitude towards my incredible and selfless behavior. Not every Nigerian is criminal-minded. There are a lot of Nigerians abroad working so hard to erase the bad name given to “us” by the criminal few.” Nweke stressed.
In an acknowledgment note, the President General of Nigerian Union in Japan, Nnaji Kennedy Fintan said
“Indeed you are a true and patriotic Nigerian. People who condemn other countries because of few bad individuals are shortsighted. You have proved to them that we have legions of goodwill. Congratulations for the indelible mark set!
“Let’s together build an institution that will be timeless in its relevance, for ourselves and for the future generations world over”.