Goodluck Jonathan, President Buhari & Prof. Jega Receive Joint Award for the Leadership Persons of the Year 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the media not to see themselves as mere critics, but as true partners in the task of nation building.

The President, who stated this in Abuja
on Thursday at the Leadership Awards, said the Nigerian media should
always act in the spirit of patriotism in the important role of
informing the people of the country.

He further urged the media to join the ongoing Federal Government efforts at uplifting the quality of life of the people.
“I expect the Nigerian media to join
our government in the pursuit of these goals not just to criticise to
prove their independence.
The media must continually see
itself as true partner in the task of nation-building and thus act in
the spirit of patriotism at all times in the important role of informing
the people of the country.
On our part, our doors are wide open
to media inquiries in line with the transparency and anti-corruption
stance of our administration,”
he said.
The President noted that the events of
2015, which the Leadership Newspaper chose to bring to the fore, marked a
watershed in the political history of the country.
“Those of us, who were participating
actors in the elections, were led by the higher ideal of the future of
our great country and the well-being of our people, rather than the mere
desire of politicians to win elections,” he said.
President Buhari noted the patriotic zeal of former President Goodluck Jonathan,
the impartiality of the electoral umpire – INEC – and the exemplary
conduct of the political parties, the role of foreign pressure and other
According to him, all these collectively
disappointed the prophets of doom, who thought the country will
disintegrate after the 2015 general elections.
He observed that the nation’s democracy
had been strengthened by the outcome of the 2015 elections “as the
people have more faith in the electoral system in the sense that their
votes would count when choosing political leaders at various levels.”
The President, therefore, called on the
political class to build on the experiences from the 2015 elections to
nurture the nation’s democracy.
On the award ceremony, President Buhari, who together with former President Goodluck Jonathan and former INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmud Jega,
received a Joint Award for the Leadership Persons of the Year 2015,
felicitated with the other award winners for the recognition accorded
He expressed the hope that the awards
would encourage all those recognised at the event to remain committed
“to good behaviour in their various endeavours to justify this
recognition and serve as inspiration to others’’.
“The Leadership Newspapers have been in
the forefront of promoting democracy and positive values that are
necessary to achieve national consensus on the issues that tend to
challenge our unity and progress as a nation. We commend the Leadership
Newspapers Group and its publisher for standing firm on the path of
patriotism, justice and fairness,’’ the President added.
The Chairman of the Leadership Group Ltd, Sam Nda-Isaiah,
said the annual awards ceremony was to recognise and reward
personalities that make significant contributions to the socio-political
development of the country.
Other awardees at the event included Chibok schoolgirls; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state.
Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), received the Leadership Public Officer of the Year 2015 award, while Korede Bello, the singer of the popular song “God Win” emerged Leadership Artiste of the Year 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
that other individuals and corporate bodies received different awards
for their contributions to the socio-economic and political development
of the country.
The event with the theme “Democracy,
Political Transition and The Challenge of Leadership in Africa”, was
organised by the Leadership Conferences Limited, a subsidiary of the
Leadership Newspapers.
See more photos from the event:

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