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Nigerian Islamic newspaper gives award to Ozil, Turkey president

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(FILES) This handout picture taken and released on May 13, 2018 and released on May 14, 2018 by the Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) posing for a photo with German footballer of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil (L) in London. Footballer Mesut Ozil said on july 22, 2018 he had no regrets about his controversial photograph with Erdogan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s national squad ahead of the World Cup. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / KAYHAN OZER

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Fenerbahce star Mesut Ozil and two other Turkish nationals are scheduled to receive awards later this month from a Nigerian Islamic newspaper.

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The chief executive officer of Muslim News Nigeria Mallam Rasheed Abubakar said the award presentation ceremony will be held on Sept. 18 in Lagos.

“Erdogan has been named the overall winner of the Global Muslim Personality Award of the year 2020, an initiative of Muslim News Nigeria, the foremost Islamic newspaper in Nigeria,” said Abubakar.

He said the 2020 edition, which is taking place in 2021, makes it three straight years that Erdogan will be clinching the prestigious award since its inception in 2018.

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The prestigious award is tagged #MNAwards, he said.

Abubakar said the Nigerian Muslim News Awards were designed to celebrate Muslim achievers who have excelled and made the Muslim ummah proud, both in Nigeria and globally, in their chosen fields, including governance.

Erdogan, the overall winner of the Global Muslim Personality category, is being honoured for strengthening Turkey’s national capabilities and its economy, promoting humanitarian causes, and leading the defense of the rights of Muslims globally, Abubakar said.

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