Masari bags Nigerian Christian Journalists “Integrity Man of the Year” award
The Governor of Katsina State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari has emerged Nigerian Association of Christian Journalists (NACJ) 2018 “Integrity Man of the Year.”
Masari was conferred with the prestigious Award during the practising Christian Journalists umbrella body’s Annual “2018 Award and Lecture” series held recently in Lagos.
The General Secretary of the association, Dr. Charles Okhai, said the choice of Masari for this year’s most prestigious award category is hinged on the association’s discovery of who he is and the qualities embedded in his character, having watched with keen interest over the years. He said the association proud to identify with his personality, diligence, patriotism, honesty as one of the best Governors in Nigeria who has demonstrated high level humility that is not known among politicians.
His words: “Since his days as speaker house of Representatives and now as Governor of Katsina State, we came to the realization that he is worthy of this award at this present time and others, as this honour is bestowed on eminent Nigerians who have over the years distinguished themselves in all spheres of their careers as integrity conscious leaders which Masari symbolizes, a rare bred God fearing-politician in Nigeria, therefore this award.
“His unassuming nature, loyalty and obedience to laid-down rules and regulations as a Nigerian politician, even when not convenient endeared him to us. The humility he exudes and that which he shows towards his work, even in the face of total deprivation as his office as Governor would require is one you can’t find anywhere near any politician of today and so the association decided to use him as Role Model among Nigerian politicians with this symbol of honour bestowed on him at this award ceremony.
“The selection that culminated into the choice His Excellency Masari the most revered award went through a rigorous process during the association’s National Executive Members Nomination Exercise which produced him as the best among others, after-which voting was carried out by members through SMS nationwide, which also had him emerge as the most deserving candidate for the award.”
The Governor was represented by the Honourable commissioner of information, culture and Home affairs Hamza Muhammad Brodo said that integrity as the word sounds is something that is noticeably disappearing in our society today, therefore, when one is chosen among many to be honoured for displaying such in his daily activities, it is something worth giving glory to God for and I give thanks to God for the opportunity such as this in his Excellency’s political career in katsina State and in Nigeria as a whole.
“He strive daily to uphold principles of dignity, sincerity, integrity and total humility in all he does and these are the qualities that have seen him through this far in both private and public sectors.
The honourable commissioner of information, culture and Home affairs Hamza Muhammad Brodo thereby urge the youths and other leaders never to trade away their integrity.”
Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Tunde Ogunsaki was the Chairman of the occasion.
The dignitaries honoured included the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, Hon. Bayo Osinowo of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Senator Ben Bruce, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Deputy governor of imo state, prince madumare Chief Justice of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke, Dr. Kunle Hamilton, Dr. Orji Uzor-Kalu, Dr. Uche Ogah, Dr. Alex Otti among others.