A 22-year-old Kano tricyclist, Auwalu Salisu, has been criticized by his friends for returning N15 million that was left behind his tricycle to its Chadian owner.
He said his friend claimed that he had missed his chance to become wealthy, and would not know what it means to be rich anymore.
News About Nigeria gathered that the incident which took place last weekend, has since garnered attention from the public, with a mix of praise for Salisu’s honesty and disapproval from others who felt he could have done otherwise.
Salisu stumbled upon the substantial sum, which included CFA and Naira currencies, inside his tricycle after dropping off passengers who had boarded the tricycle from Yankaba.
Although he was unaware of the exact amount, Salisu was shocked by the discovery and decided to share the news with his mother.
Despite the family facing financial hardships and Salisu not owning his own tricycle, the family resolved not to touch the money. Instead, his mother encouraged him to find the rightful owner.
Through radio announcements, they successfully located and returned the money to its owner. However, In recognition of his honesty, the owner rewarded Salisu with a sum of N400,000.
Meanwhile, in a recent interview at his residence with Daily Trust, the young tricycle rider opened up about the mixed reactions he received from his friends after returning the money.
“Some of my friends were not happy with what I did. But that is not a problem for me. So long as my conscience is clear, I am okay.
“They said I am mad and don’t know what I am doing. Some even said I will never be rich again, and that this is my first and last chance,” Salisu added.