LEADERSHIP Newspapers, a subsidiary of LEADERSHIP Group Limited at the weekend was honoured with the Patriotic Media Award by the Benin National Congress ( BNC), a renowned Social Cultural Organization committed to the promotion of true values.
The award ceremony which is the 7th in the series attracted prominent Edo sons and daughters among whom where Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, the Isekhure of Benin Kingdom represented the Benin Monarch.The chairmen of the occasion were Chief Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri, and Professor Friday Okonofua, Consultant, Ford Foundation. The event took place at the Vichy Gates Hotel in the Government Reservation Area in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Chief Isekhure while making his remarks at the occasion commended the organizers for honoring LEADERSHIP Newspapers, adding that the paper has continued to remain a true defender of democratic ideals in Nigeria, even as he challenged other media houses to emulate the editorial content and policy of the medium.
"LEADERSHIP Newspapers has consistently remained one of the fastest growing news medium in Nigeria. I must say that each time I'm in Abuja, it is the first newspaper, I read it and I have always enjoyed its editorial content and policy. The paper has remained a true defender of democracy."
President of BNC and organizer of the National Merit Award ceremony, Comrade Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, in his address titled, "Nigeria: A Nation State in Dire Need of Patriots" said the theme of his address was chosen to challenge patriotic Nigerians on the need to urgently bail the country from the grip of selfish politicians and multi- nationals, whom he said have held Nigeria by the jugular.
While expressing dismay over the wanton loss of lives occasioned by the spate of insecurity, such as kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery, he urged the government to provide "intelligence mechanism and counter-terrorism manpower to relevant agencies".