Professor Muhammadu Buhari presenting NNOM award to Prof. Olu Obafemi. Twitter

A University don, Professor Olu Obafemi, has been conferred the 2018 Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obafemi is a professor of English at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and President, Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL).

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The President conferred the award on the University don on Thursday at the State House Council Chambers.

The ceremony was witnessed by family members of the award recipient, executive council members, members of the NNOM governing board and past recipients.

Professor Obafemi is the 76th recipient since its establishment 39 years ago.

NNOM is the highest national academic award and an academic award conferred on distinguished academicians and intellectuals who have made outstanding contributions to the academic, growth and development of Nigeria.