NMMA: Buhari decorated grand patron, vows not to disappoint

Ezekiel Johnson
Ezekiel Johnson
Democracy Day: Buhari’s national broadcast (full text)

President Muhammadu Buhari has been decorated as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Media Merit Award, NMMA, by the board of trustees of the media awards organisation.

This is as the president expressed appreciation over the confidence reposed in him and vowed not to disappoint Nigerians.

The exercise was performed at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

He described the investiture as “a timely honour,” adding that he had known a good number of the members of the NMMA board, “since the time I didn’t even know I would be here.”

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Former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority, Engr. Vincent Maduka, who led the delegation, said President Buhari was qualified to be grand patron, “because you respect the rights of the media to practise, without any hindrance.”

It was noted that under President Buhari, no media house had been shut, and the first ever campus television license was awarded to the University of Lagos, under the chairmanship of veteran Mass Communication teacher, Professor Ralph Akinfeleye.

Engr. Maduka said the NMMA was established in 1990, to promote excellence in Nigerian media, and had hosted 26 grand award presentations, with the latest held just a week ago.

Part of the goals of NMMA, he added, was the promotion of patriotism, and unity of the country.

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