The President expressed his felicitations to the octogenarian whose birthday is tomorrow June 13, 2015.
Buhari said that Amuka-Pemu’s contributions to the Nigerian media sector has 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 said, “Amuka-Pemu’s birthday provides an opportunity for me and my family and indeed millions of fellow Nigerians who have, in the last 30 years, 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”, he said.
The President added that the veteran journalist 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 live”, he said.
Also, Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar paid tribute to Amuka-Pemu
for remaining faithful to the journalism profession, adding that he has been an epitome of hard work, dedication and humility.
Atiku further recalled the celebrant discharged his duties with responsibility and distinction as the first Managing Director of the Punch Newspaper group.
He said Amuka-Pemu indeed laid a solid foundation for the newspaper which has ensured its survival and excellence till today.
“I wish the Vanguard Publisher many more years of good health and continuous service to our country Nigeria adding that his life remains an inspiration to many Nigerians in all walks of life”, he said.