Jonathan, Aisha Buhari, Atiku, others for West Africa regional awards
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady, Aisha Buhari and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar will be honoured with the West Africa Knowledge Economic Organisation (WAKEOrg) awards for their contributions to the development of Nigeria and Africa.
Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, six governors, three ministers and leaders of the National Assembly, will also be recognised for their service to the nation and humanity.
A statement issued by spokesman and Chairman, WAKEOrg Award Selection Committee, Prof. O.B.C. Nwolise, revealed that the outstanding personalities were being recognised for their bravery and independent mindedness in deepening Nigeria’s democracy despite the risks involved. The awards are to be presented during courtesy visits in due course.
While Jonathan will be honoured for his leadership, wisdom and promotion of democratic ideals in Africa, Atiku will be recognised for entrepreneurship and defence of democracy, just as the First Lady will be honoured for her advocacy, activism and strength of character.
Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Willie Obiano (Anambra), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Samuel Orthom (Benue) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) are also be recognised at the event.
Others are Ministers of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and Petroleum Resources (State), Timipre Sylva, while Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, also made the list.
Among the youths being recognised for their creativity and leadership skills are Michael Ajereh (a.k.a Don Jazzy) and Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abudlrasheed Bawa.
Other successful entrepreneurs on the awards list are Innocent Chukwuma, Cletus Ibeto, Valentine Ozigbo and Obi Iyiegbu, while Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, will be honoured in the traditional rulers’ category.
Awards for deep spiritual knowledge and prophetic competence go to Chris Okafor, Jeremiah Fufeyin and Johnson Suleman.
On the criteria for the awards, Nwolise explained that the organisation was mindful of outstanding individuals in practical application of knowledge in their fields of endeavour.
“We also watched out for political leaders in governance, who demonstrated strategic thinking and planning for the good of the people by executing people-oriented services and projects.
“Citizens that have made Nigeria and Africa proud in industry, manufacturing, protection of life and property and capacity building for the less privileged, especially youths, were also on the watch list,” Nwolise said.
He noted that the recognition would encourage the recipients to do more for the society and humanity and inspire others to offer honest, selfless, dedicated, humane and patriotic service to the nation and mankind in any capacity.