President Muhammadu Buhari has extolled the virtues of the Chairman and Publisher of Vanguard Media Limited, Chief Sam Amuka-Pemu, saying he has provided worthy example of the fruits of professionalism, industry and teamwork to achieve desired goals in the country.
In a letter he personally wrote to congratulate Uncle Sam as he is fondly called on his 80th birthday, the president said the milestone, holding today (Saturday), provided an opportunity for him and his family as well as millions of Nigerians to felicitate with Amuka, who he described as a talented “gentleman of the press”.
Buhari added that those who had in the past three decades been reading products from media houses with which the veteran journalist has been associated with would attest to the fact of his contributions to the nation.
The president wrote: “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.
“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.
“Chief Sam Amuka-Pemu has provided a worthy example on the fruits of professionalism, industry and teamwork to achieve desired goals. These traits can benefit even the humblest and most silent among professionals, as well as the society with whom they share their lives.
On behalf of the federal government, Buhari wished Amuka “good health and even more happiness and progress in the years ahead”.
In a related development, the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) led by its President, Nduka Obaigbena, has described Mr. Amuka as an icon and a leading light in Nigerian journalism.
This was contained in a congratulatory message on the occasion of the media mogul’s 80th birthday, which is today.
While wishing the octogenarian more years ahead in the service to the media industry, it said Amuka remains a ‘Life Patron’ of the association.