Buhari, Nigerian Embassy praises Ikenna Nweke for returning lost wallet in Japan

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent greetings and commendation to a Nigerian in Japan who returned a missing wallet with huge sums of money to the police.

Ikenna Nweke, a PhD student at the university of Tsukuba, had received praises from the Japanese police for returning the lost wallet and also turning down offer of a percentage from the authorities.

Nweke, also a teaching assistant in the same university narrated how he stumbled on the wallet on the 19th of June 2020 while climbing the staircase to buy some items for the wife at the Tsukuba center.

Nweke, who hails from Amauzari in Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo state, and married with four kids, said he relocated to Japan in 2013 through a Japanese government sponsored scholarship program.

"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.

President Buhari in a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, saluted Nweke for projecting the values of honesty, integrity and contentment, noting that good virtues and propriety are the hallmark of every culture in Nigeria, while crimes and criminalities are exceptions.

The President said Nweke’s behaviour, coming at a period that the country needs a positive spotlight and close-up on its real values, clearly signposts what should hold the nation together, inspired by solid foundations laid by most families, religious bodies and communities for success in life.

He wished Nweke all the best in his studies and work as a teaching assistant in the same university.

He further urged all Nigerians, home and abroad, to keep celebrating the age-old, irreplaceable attributes of honesty and decorum, and shun the microwaved, get-rich-quick tendencies that bring individual and collective shame.

Also, the Nigerian Embassy in Japan has sent greetings and commendation to Nweke for his exemplary act.

See the embassy's statement below.

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