President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday paid glowing tribute to the Chairman of Vanguard Media Limited, Chief Sam Amuka-Pemu, who turns 80 on Saturday.
In a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists, Buhari said Nigeria had been well served by the presence of Amuka-Pemu in the media.
The President said his contributions to the Nigerian press had manifested, not only in the growth of his newspaper, but also the principled positions he had consistently taken on political stability, accountability and the rule of law.
Buhari wrote, “This event (Amuka-Pemu’s birthday) 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 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.”
Buhari added that “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.
“The Federal Government therefore wishes Sam Sam/Uncle Sam good health and even more happiness and progress in the years ahead.”