All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has described the International Press Freedom Award won by Premium Times publisher Dapo Olorunyomi as a reward for people-centred journalism.
In a statement from his media aide, Tunde Rahman, the one-time Lagos State governor congratulated Olorunyomi, who he described as a social crusader.
Olorunyomi is one of the three winners of this year’s International Press Freedom award of the prestigious Committee for the Protection of Journalists.
Tinubu said: “The award is a befitting reward for his untiring service to Nigeria he loves with uncompromising passion and to people-centred journalism.”
He also commended Olorunyomi for deploying the constitutional obligations of the press, as the Fourth Estate of the Realm, to hold the leadership accountable to the people.
The statement reads: “The announcement of social crusader, journalist and publisher of Premium Times, Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, as one of the three winners of this year’s International Press Freedom award of the prestigious Committee for the Protection of Journalists is a befitting reward for his untiring service to the country he loves with uncompromising passion and to people-centred journalism.
“Committed to the development of the Nigerian people through their progressive liberation from the challenges of corruption, ignorance and resources mismanagement, Olorunyomi deploys the constitutional obligations of the press, as the fourth estate of the realm, to hold the leadership accountable to the people.
“By placing premium on the welfare of the citizenry as the purpose of governance, Premium Times, Olorunyomi’s stable, conscientises the people and their leaders on the primacy of the social contract and the transparent delivery of democratic dividends.
“It is significant that Premium Times has harnessed the power of technology in executing its mission by using the website to make facts and opinions available to a global audience that shares the vision of Nigeria as a superpower struggling to manifest her natural potentials.
“Yet, this much-deserved award can only be a challenge to Olorunyomi to strive harder in his patriotic endeavour to bring power to the people by encouraging the responsible use of freedoms to make Nigeria a country of great pride and promise.
I salute Dapo Olorunyomi and wish him many more awards as he devotes his life to the service of humanity.”
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