Saturday, 9 April 2016

President Buhari plead with Nigerian, says he will not dissapoint.




President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday told
Nigerians that he was feeling their pains saying
that mutterings about the new administration
being a scam was far fetched, saying that the
one-chance scammers have been driven out of
town.
The president spoke at the Vanguard Personality
Award ceremony in Lagos where he was jointly
honoured with his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan as Personality of the Year Award,
2015.
Buhari ’s call for increased confidence in his
administration came as Jonathan praised all
Nigerians for contributing to the successes of
the elections that characterised his time in
office.
Yesterday’s award ceremony which also
witnessed awards of Governor of the Year to
Governors Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, Kashim
Shettima of Borno, Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun and
Ibrahim Damkwambo, Gombe saw a melting of
the political and cultural differences that shape
the country. Various cultural displays
intermingled within and outside the Ekpo Hall of
Eko Hotel and Suites that was the venue of the
award ceremony.
Also honoured yesterday with life time
achievement awards were former Vice-President
Alex Ekwueme, Mrs. Nike Akande, chairman of
the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
LCCI, Otunba Sobunmi Balogun and Senator
David Dafinone.
Also honoured yesterday was Mr. Jim Ovia, the
chairman of Zenith Bank plc as businessman of
the year while Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was
honoured with the Hero of Democracy award.
Leading lights in politics and the professions
were present at the ceremony yesterday among
whom were Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta
State.
Yesterday’s award ceremony elicited measured
response from the audience when the governor
of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle embraced his
predecessor, Aremo Segun Osoba twice. He first
embraced him just before the commencement of
the ceremony and after he picked up his award.
Yesterday’s award ceremony was flagged off at
7.30 p.m with opening remarks presented by the
General Manager/Editor in Chief of Vanguard
Media Limited, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye who
referenced the award as the epitome of
recognition to men and women of excellence in
the professions.
Following him the chairman of the ceremony,
Oba Otudeko described the award ceremony as
one of the most auspicious events of the year.
He praised the exemplary efforts of the
awardees in their various endeavours.
In his speech, President Buhari who was
represented by the minister of information, Alhaji
Lai Mohammed said:
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me use
this opportunity to tell our compatriots that this
Administration is keenly aware of the difficulties
they are facing at this time, resulting mostly
from the fuel scarcity, poor power supply,
inflation etc.

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