Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the publisher and founder of the influential Vanguard Newspaper, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu, on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary on the 13th of June, 2015.
In a press statement issued by his media office in Abuja on Friday, 12 June and signed by Mazi Paul Ibe, the Turaki Adamawa described the 80 years sojourn on earth of the veteran journalist, publisher and businessman as “a milestone and a testimony to the life of moderation, discipline, kindness and contentment that he has lived.”
Atiku added that Uncle Sam’s (as he is fondly called) life and business history and accomplishments makes him a role model in a new Nigeria that is gradually unfolding.
He paid tribute to him for remaining faithful to the journalism profession where over time he transformed from a working journalist and employee to an employer, entrepreneur and mentor of journalists.
The former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), described the newspaper proprietor as an epitome of hard work, dedication and humility recalling how as first Managing Director of the Punch Newspaper group, Uncle Sam discharged his duties with responsibility and distinction and laid a solid foundation for the newspaper which has ensured its survival and excellence till today.
Atiku Abubakar wished 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.