President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Friday received Nollywood actors, Mr. Ibu, Saheed Balogun, Onyekweli Harry B and others at Aso Rock.
The likes of Ahmed Bala, Gentle Jack, Ben Kure and singer Shina Peters were also in attendance as the presidential spokesman received an award.
The actors presented the award to President Buhari’s spokesman under the aegis of the Ambassadors of Voice for Change, a group of Nollywood actors and entertainers, led by Ahmed Bala.
Adesina while receiving the award called for unity in the country, adding that Nigeria needs peacemakers who will entrench nationalism and patriotism in the polity and not spoilers.
He further stated that the Buhari-led government would continue to support Nigerians working assiduously to promote peace, harmony and development.
Adesina who commended the group for promoting unity, said the sheer volume of talents and exceptional Nigerians on their network, including those in the entertainment, media, sports, fashion and arts industry, made them a formidable voice for positive change in the country.
He said, “The Media office of the President will always support you and I wish you the very best in all your endeavours. What you are doing for the country makes our work easier. When you hold town hall meetings in different parts of the country, advocating for unity, peace and change, it is easier for me to do the job and I am very glad to identify with this group, which is nationalistic and patriotic.”
The spokesman of the group, Ben Kure, said Adesina, a two-time president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), has distinguished himself as an excellent journalist, writer, media executive and spokesperson of the President, writing his ‘‘name in gold’’ in the media profession and discharge of his duties.
Kure said, “He has been adjudged the best spokesman by journalists in Nigeria and one of the reasons adduced to this feat is his humility and accessibility, he deeply cares about the welfare of journalists in Nigeria.”
Referring to a recent piece authored by Adesina in his weekly article, Kure thanked the president’s spokesperson for making Nigerians understand President Buhari as a good man and one who remembers and rewards the labours of the living and the dead. Thank you for quoting the Scripture: ‘Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not left off his kindness to the living and the dead.”
Kure noted that Buhari has demonstrated, through his appointments of Margaret Okadigbo, Constance Harry Marshall, Justice Adesola Oguntade and Justice Sylvanus Nsofor of blessed memory, that he is a detribalized Nigerian, passionate about the country.