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Buhari pays tribute to Amuka-Pemu at 80

12 June 2015, 18:53

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 involved.’’

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 president added. 




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