Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on
Friday paid tribute to the Chairman and Publisher of Vanguard newspapers, Chief
Sam Amuka-Pemu, as he turns 80 on Saturday.
The president signed the tribute and sent it to Amuka-Pemu,
the occasion afforded an opportunity to felicitate with the talented
"gentleman of the press".
He said the 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
The president said the media houses included Punch
Newspapers, which Amuka-Pemu, started with the late Chief Olu Aboderin.
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"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,’’ Buhari said.
He said the contributions of Amuka-Pemu to the progress of
the Nigerian press had manifested in the growth and management of Punch and
Vanguard as well as the principled positions he had consistently taken on
political stability, accountability and the rule of law.
"Chief 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, therefore, wishes Sam Sam/Uncle
Sam good health and even more happiness and progress in the years ahead,’’ the