President Muhamadu Buhari has conferred a posthumous award on Joseph Blankson, a Nigerian man who died while saving 13 victims of a boat accident on the Abonnema-Bakana waterway in Rivers State on July 28, 2018.
Blankson was Honoured with the ‘Presidential Special Award for Bravery and Patriotism’ at an event organised to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary.
Blankson died on July 28, 2018, while saving others following a boat accident on the Abonnema-Bakana waterway in Rivers State.
Popularly known as Joe Blankson, the recipient was aged 41 years and hailed from Bakana in Rivers State.
He was survived by a wife and two children. However, on September 30, Buhari presented a posthumous award to his wife and two children.
Sharing pictures of the event on his verified Facebook page, the president described Blankson as a true Nigerian hero.
He wrote, “On Thursday night at the State House, we honoured the memory of Joseph Blankson, a true Nigerian hero, who lost his life while saving others following a boat accident on the Abonnema-Bakana waterway in Rivers State, on July 28, 2018.
“Blankson successfully rescued 13 persons and tragically drowned while attempting the 14th rescue. He was the sole casualty of the boat accident
“I presented a posthumous Presidential Special Award for Bravery and Patriotism to his wife, Mercy, and his two children, in recognition of the greatness and heroism of their husband and father.
“We will continue to celebrate the best of Nigeria and Nigerians, as we work for and look forward to a better, brighter and greater Nigeria.