A Nigerian living in Japan, IKENNA Nweke has been celebrated for returning a missing wallet full of money to the owner.
Nweke had gone shopping in Tsukuba, Japan and came across a lost wallet containing huge sums of money and a credit card.
He however returned the missing wallet to the police and his kind gesture meant he was entitled to 10 percent of the money he found.
Nweke however turned down that reward, something that has been celebrated across Japan and in Nigeria as well.
He told the International Centre for Investigative Reporting that he returned the lost wallet and the reward because he is a devoted Christian.
“The police told me that according to Japanese law, that I was entitled to 10% of the money found inside the wallet but I declined, 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 said.
Nweke is a PhD student at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and also works as Teaching Assistant in the same university.
According to him he “was going home from the University, I decided to get my wife her favorite kebab, as I was climbing the staircase around Tsukuba centre, 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,” Nweke narrated to The ICIR.
The Nigerian said the owner of the wallet has called to express his gratitude and the police in the community he lives also did same.
“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,” he noted
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has also celebrated Nweke’s action, according to the President’s aides.
Mr Buhari praised him “for projecting the values of honesty, integrity and contentment that should be the hallmark of a people”, the president’s social media assistant Bashir Ahmad said.
Mr Nweke had already received a letter from the Nigerian embassy in Japan saying he was a “good example to all.”