The Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has promised to spend the remaining part of his administration without involving himself much in controversy, but in giving back to the country.
Lamido was speaking at the 2014 Vanguard awards held at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos at the weekend.
“I want to make things less controversial, because I am aging. I am now 66 years. Nigeria gave me a space to grow. My dream has always been what do I do for Nigeria to grow?”
While receiving his award for Vanguard Personality of the Year, Lamido said that he would always stand for Nigeria, “no matter the consequence.”
Also speaking, the chairman of the event, Professor Anya O. Anya, referred to Lamido as having a consistent personality.
“I find his consistency uplifting. The love of country is what drives him,” Anya said of Lamido.
Speaking of the choice of Lamido as among the recipients of the award, Anya said: “It is good to give awards, to recognize people.
“But there are times the awardees reduce instead of increase the award. In this instance, Sule Lamido adds more credibility to the award.”
Anya charged politicians to desist from insisting on having their way, because, “no one can build a country with such mindset.”
According to him, “making sacrifices is the price of leadership; and until Nigerian politicians are ready to make sacrifices, they do not deserve to be called leaders.
Other awardees include the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, for African Personality of the Year; Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso for the award in Openness in Governance.
Another awardee was the Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, for Best Tourism Development; Governors Babatunde Fashola and Godswill Akpabio of Lagos and Akwa Ibom States, also for Vanguard Personality of the Year.
While the other recipients were either absent or represented except Lamido, Akpabio was represented by his wife, Mrs. Ekaete Akpabio.
Those in attendance were the Publisher of THISDY Newspapers, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena; Publisher Vanguard Newspapers, Sam Amuka.
Others were the founder of the Silverbird Group, Ben Murray Bruce; Ali Sa’ad, first Jigawa State Governor; Ambassador Ibrahim Musa; first Interior Minister, Alhaji Hassan Haruna, and many more.