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Senate President wins Zik’s Prize, dedicates it to colleagues

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PRESIDENT of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan was on Sunday night awarded the 2019 Zik’s Prize in Political Leadership.

  Lawan’s Chief of Staff, Dr Babagana Muhammad-Aji was at the impressive ceremony in Lagos to receive the award on behalf of the Senate President.

  The organisers of the award, the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre(PPRAC) said Lawan’s consideration was in recognition of his “long-standing dynamic service to the Nigerian state” and his “undying commitment to the entrenchment of democratic ideals in the Nigerian polity.”

  Speaking in his acceptance speech on behalf of Lawan, Muhammad-Aji expressed his pleasure and delight to receive the prestigious award for Lawan who was grateful for being considered worthy of the prize.

  According to him, the award would be dedicated to his distinguished senators who had remarkably risen above partisan differences to form a bond that is committed to the progress and development of Nigeria.

  “I consider the award as a further call to duty, not just from a personal point of view but on behalf of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the National Assembly in general,” he said.

 Lawan said the recognition was a result of the unwavering support that he enjoyed from his colleagues who resolved to be bipartisan from day one of the Ninth National Assembly, adding that once again he assured the nation that they would continue to put in their best in the onerous task of nation building.

  It will be recalled that the Zik Prize was set up in 1994 in honour of the first President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, to encourage and nurture leadership on the African continent and in the Diaspora.

  Previous recipients of the prize include President Jerry Rawlings(1995), President Julius Nyerere(1997), Dr. Nelson Mandela(2000), President Yonweri Muzeveni (2003), President John Kuffor (2008), Alhaji Yayale Ahmed (2010), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2011), Aare Afe Babalola (2013), Hon. Yakubu Dogara (2015), Alhaji Ahmed Joda (2016), Chief Audu Ogbeh (2017) and Professor Ayo Ibidapo-Obe (2018).

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