Man returns thousands of dollars mistakenly credited into his account for award plaque


A Nigerian young man identified as Olasupo Abideen has been awarded for being honest after returning an amount of $2397 (Ghc 14,675.69) that was mistakenly credited in his account.

He indicated that the money was mistakenly paid to his account in August 2021 by a company he was consulting for.

Taking to the popular social media platform, Facebook, he emphasized that his act was normal but it’s being frowned upon because society has become rotten.

The honest act of returning the money caught the attention of the Gani Fawehinmi Integrity Awards as they presented him with a plaque.

Sharing the news on social media, he wrote, “In August, when I refunded a 2397 US dollars that was paid mistakenly by an organisation I consulted for, it was simply the normal thing to do.

Unfortunately, however, our society has come to frown at such act. People are often described as dumb for returning money they found. For some, they lost an opportunity that came to them easily.

This has shown the depth of our moral crises and how we choose to celebrate ill-gotten wealth. People no longer care whether you make money legally, as long as you make the money.

The consequences of this seemingly new mindset has left our society in a terrible state.

Returning that money in August caught the attention of the Gani Fawehinmi Integrity Awards (GFIIA) and on Friday, 10th of December, I was awarded the Gani Fawehinmi Integrity award.

From 838 Nominations to 21 to 3 Finalist in my category and to being the recipient. I am grateful to you all that voted for me during the last stage most especially Egbon Ogundipe Segun.

I’m excited to be a recipient of such a prestigious award that was created in honour of a national icon, Late Gani Fawehinmi.

It is also an opportunity for me to remind Nigerians, especially young people, of the place of integrity, transparency and accountability in our daily actions. We cannot build a better society without holding on to these values.

I dedicate this award to my parents-Mr and Mrs Olasupo for instilling that discipline to me since I was young and to every young Nigerian striving to make their lives better while maintaining moral decency. Moral decency has become difficult to achieve today but we must not stop doing what is right.




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