Mohammed Ogbanago , 29, has revealed the reason behind his rare act of goodwill, adding that he did it to prove that not all Nigerians were corrupt, while setting a good example for the Nigerian youth.
Ogbanago who hails from, Kogi State reportedly earns N30,000 monthly, making his act of goodwill even harder to relate with.
PUNCH Metro reports that the security guard had found the misplaced cash close to the main gate of the Oba Akran branch of UBA where he is attached on April 7, 2016.
The money is reported to have been part of $84,500 withdrawn by a bank customer on that fateful day.
Ogbanago reportedly took the money to the bank’s operations manager, who in turn handed it over to the customer when he returned to the bank.
It is further reported that the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu, hosted Ogbanago at the bank’s corporate headquarters on the Lagos Island following his action, repeatedly promising to give him a letter of commendation for his ‘unusual’ conduct.
Mr Elumelu who shared his meeting with Ogbanago via his Instagram page, wrote:
“When I heard about this story, I knew I had to meet the man, who despite facing rising petrol and transportation prices and ‘tomato Ebola,’ returned such a huge sum of money.”
Speaking with PUNCH Metro, Ogbanago disclosed that good upbringing helped his resist the temptation of making away with the money, adding that the story of the airport cleaner, Josephine Agwu , who was reported to have returned N12 million » she had found at her work place, served as an inspiration for him.
Ogbanago who had boasted to his friends that he would do better than Agwu did, given the same situation, said:
“And my chance came on that day. I was coming from inside the bank when I saw the money on the ground and I decided that the best thing was for me to take it to the operation manager. The owner of the money later came to ask for it.
“After I did that, some people started ridiculing me that I shouldn’t have returned the money and that I should have considered my meagre salary before letting go of such a huge sum of money. But I felt I did the right thing. If I had, for instance, taken the money away and fled to my village, it would not be a case of misplaced money again, but stealing, and I could even be declared wanted.”
With and aspiration to public leadership, Ogbanago added:
“Although my salary may not be enough for my upkeep, especially with the current economic situation in the country, it is no excuse to take what is not mine.
“I have been campaigning that to make Nigeria great, we all must prove to be good Nigerians in our small corners. Not all Nigerians are corrupt.
“I am happy I had the chance to prove myself and I want other Nigerian youths to learn from it. I want our youths to know that a good name is better than riches.”
We hope that Ogbanago’s unusual action will serve to inspire many others.