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Obasanjo praises IGP Baba at National Daily Awards’ night



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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has praised the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Alkali Baba for his dedication to work and efforts in refocusing the Nigeria Police Force.

Obasanjo made the commendation on Friday night in Lagos while giving a keynote address at the National Daily newspaper’s Awards for year 2022 ceremony.

The former President explained that the Inspector-General of Police deserved the honour of being named the National Daily’s Man of the Year for his immense contribution to Nigeria’s internal security.

He said that the I-G deserved the award.

“For you to be singled out for the Man of the Year Award by the National Daily, I believe you deserve it. Your job is not the one that is particularly glamorous.

“When thieves attack us, we come to you; when we quarrel with our neighbours, we come to you, and you must be ready to answer us even when we may not show appreciation.

In his response to the award, Baba said that the award was motivation as well as a challenge to him and the police to do more.

Baba gave the assurance that the police would do more in fighting insecurity.

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“This award is not for me as an individual, but to motivate the force, the personnel of the force, so that we can do more,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, thanked the National Daily for the awards, saying that they would spur the beneficiaries to work harder.


Adelusi-Adeluyi said that excellence awards should be given only to possible agents of change to motivate them.

The National Daily Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-chief, Mr. Sylvester Ebhodaghe, said that the awards were made to encourage the recipients to do more in the areas they were recognised.

Ebhodaghe said that Nigerians who distinguished themselves should be recognised with a view to spurring them to do more and encourage others to do well.

Baba, Obasanjo, Gov. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and 44 other individuals and organisations were given awards for excellent performance in various spheres of life.

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