Six Nigerians have been awarded Niger Republic’s national honours in recognition of their roles in the promotion of better relations between the two neighbouring countries.

The honour was part of activities lined up to mark the country’s Independence Day.

According to a statement on Wednesday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media Publicity , Mallam Garba Shehu, the honoured Nigerians include two presidential aides, two businessmen and two Governors.

Those honoured from the Presidency are the Senior Special Assistant (Household and Domestic Affairs) to the President, Sarki Abba and State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure.

Businessmen who received the honours are Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group and Abdulsamad Rabi’u, President BUA Group.

The two Governors were Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) and Mohammed Bello Matawalle, (Zamfara).

They were awarded the “Order of Merit of Niger, Great Master of National Awards.”

In giving the awards, President Mohammed Bazoum said his country cherished Nigeria as one of its closest neighbours and friends.

In various citations read by the country’s leader, President Bazoum praised the efforts of “brother Nigerians” who had made great strides in increasing understanding between the two nations and for acting as agents of social and economic development.

August 3 is the day set aside to mark the Republic of Niger’s independence from France in 1960 and since 1975 has been recognised as “tree planting day” as trees are planted across the nation to aid the fight against desertification.