President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Chairman/Publisher of Vanguard, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu on his 80th birthday, hailing him as a real ‘gentleman of the press.’
In a message he personally signed, Buhari said through his various contributions to the Media, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu“ has provided a worthy example on the fruits that professionalism; industry and teamwork to achieve desired goals, can yield to even the humblest and most silent among professionals, as well as the society members with whom they share their lives”.
The letter reads:”The Chairman and Publisher of Vanguard Media Limited, Sam Amuka-Pemu, turns 80 on Saturday, June 13, 2015. This event provides an opportunity for me and my family and indeed millions of fellow Nigerians who have in the past three decades been readers of products from media houses with which he has been involved, including the Punch Newspapers, which he started with the late Chief Olu Aboderin, to felicitate with this talented “gentleman of the press”.
“Nigeria has been well served by the presence of the legendary Sam Amuka in the media in the capacity of journalist and columnist with the Daily Times Group, of which he served as Editor of the Sunday Times.
“It is impossible to forget his contributions to the Nigerian public through his famous column, Sad-Sam, which provided millions of compatriots much satirical, literary and even political communication satisfaction.
“The contributions by this veteran journalist to the progress of the Nigerian Press have been manifested not only in the growth and management of the Punch Newspaper and the Vanguard Media Limited, of which he became Chairman and Publisher in 1984, but also the principled positions he has consistently taken on political stability, accountability and the rule of law.
“These were clearly demonstrated by his promotion of professionalism by the rank and file of the Police, particularly in the conduct of elections and efficient performance of their duties in every part of the federation.
“Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu has provided a worthy example on the fruits that professionalism; industry and teamwork to achieve desired goals, can yield to even the humblest and most silent among professionals, as well as the society members with whom they share their lives.
“The Federal Government thereof wishes Uncle Sam good health and even more happiness and progress in the years ahead”.
President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Nigeria for South Africa today to attend the 25th African Union where he is expected to chair the meeting of the Peace and Security Committee of the AU Summit.
A statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said President Buhari will also be holding a number of bilateral meetings that will consolidate his ongoing drive to secure Nigeria and the neighboring countries from Boko Haram.
The meeting will be the first continental meeting by Buhari since he took over after defeating Goodluck Jonathan in the March Presidential Election.
President Buhari had met with the Presidents of Chad and Niger barely one week after assuming office as president, to express appreciation for the two countries’ support in the fight against terrorism.