Imagine what you could do with N7.3million! Seriously, this might seem small to some people but definitely a big deal to others.
I raised this question up with some friends and we came up with different ideas: start a business; quit our jobs; leave the country so the owner would never find us; buy cars; give money to every member of our families; start a charity and even something as ridiculous as pay our tithes.
Anyway, that was just all for laughs. Really, if you found such an amount of money somewhere that didn’t belong to you, would you return it just like Salami Ibrahim did?
Here’s a news report according to Daily Times:
Salami Ibrahim, a staff of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), who found and returned a wallet containing foreign currency totalling N7.3 million while cleaning an aeroplane has been rewarded for his honesty.
Ibrahim, a cabin cleaning team leader, found the wallet containing £25,000 and €5,000 inside an aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Lagos, during a routine cleaning exercise.
Impressed with his show of honesty, the management of Turkish Airlines has rewarded Ibrahim with an all-expenses paid return trip to Istanbul, Turkey; despite the fact that the plane in question is not one of theirs.
Managing Director of the airline in Nigeria, Ali Bulut, said: “This is an act that should be rewarded and encouraged because it is good for the aviation industry in Nigeria. Even though the incident did not take place on Turkish Airlines’ aircraft, we are happy that it happened at least in the industry.
Where I come from, good behaviour is rewarded even if it is not directly to you. We appreciate Ibrahim so much, and this is worthy of emulation for other aviation personnel that they must be trusted at all times and that good gesture such as this will surely be rewarded.”
This is the second time that Ibrahim is returning money found while cleaning aircrafts. On September 11, 2009, he found another wallet in an aircraft containing cash and returned it to the owner. A letter of commendation was given to him by NAHCO then.
He expressed gratitude to Turkish Airlines for giving him the chance for the vacation. “When I found the wallet inside the aircraft while cleaning it, I submitted it to security and airline personnel; and the passenger came to collect the wallet in my presence. I want to thank Turkish Airlines for rewarding me on this,” he said.
He was rewarded with an all-expenses paid return trip to Istanbul, Turkey by the management of Turkish Airlines. Do you think this reward was good enough? What about the owner of the money? The news report did not say anything about the owner giving him some reward too…
So then I ask again. If you found N7.3million somewhere and no one was looking, what would you do with it?
Please share your thoughts.
News Source: Daily Times