Jonathan, Aisha Buhari, Atiku, others bag West Africa regional awards

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady Aisha Buhari and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar are to be honoured with the West Africa Knowledge Economic Organisation (WAKEOrg) awards for making Nigeria and Africa proud.

Also listed for the West African regional awards for their service to the nation and humanity is chairman of BUA Group, Rabiu Abdulsamad, six outstanding state governors, three ministers as well as the two apex leaders of the National Assembly.

The chairman and spokesperson for the award selection committee, Professor OBC Nwolise said in a statement that the outstanding personalities were being recognised for “their bravery and independent mind to save Nigeria and deepen democracy, not minding the associated risks”.

While Jonathan will be honoured for his leadership wisdom and promotion of democratic ideals in Africa, Abubakar will be recognised for entrepreneurship and defence of democracy.

On the other hand, the First Lady was being honoured for her advocacy, activism as well as strength of character.

The six outstanding governors for the WAKEOrg awards are Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).

Also to be honoured are the ministers of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and Petroleum Resources (state), Timipre Sylva, while Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, also made the honours list.

Among the youths being recognised for their creativity and leadership skills are Michael Ajereh (a.k.a, Don Jazzy) and Abudlrasheed Bawa, chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Other successful entrepreneurs on the awards list are Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chief Cletus Ibeto, Chief Valentine Ozigbo and Chief Obi Iyiegbu, while the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, will be honoured in the traditional rulers’ category.

Awards for Deep Spiritual Knowledge and Competence in Prophecy go to Dr Chris Okafor, Senior Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin and Apostle Johnson Suleman.

Speaking on the criteria for the awards, Nwolise said that the organisation watched out for individuals who were outstanding in the practical application of knowledge in their specific fields of endeavour.

WAKEOrg is an independent sub-regional organisation for public-private cooperation committed to improving the state of West African economies, pushing for new frontiers in smart economic and social agenda.

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