As the phenomenal Annual Integrity Lecture and Award, organized by NIGERIAN ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN JOURNALISTS (NACJ) gathers momentum for 2021 edition, a few eminent Nigerians who are past recipients of the prestigious Award have given the Association thumbs up as they rate the Integrity Award as a laudable initiative. According to Mohammed Adamu, the immediate past Inspector General of Police, “The Award is a welcome idea that could further enhance the qualities of leaders”. His counterpart, former Assistant Inspector General of Police, Barrister Tunde Ogunsakin, simply describes the award as a “Priceless Treasure”. Dr BOBOYE Oyeyemi says,” There is nothing more essential to a leader than Integrity”
Rev Dr Felix Omobude, the immediate past President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN), to him, “The Award is worthy and motivating”. His Excellency, Rt Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, the Executive Governor of Katsina State, says, “Am glad to be a recipient of this priceless award because Integrity can not be bought with money” Also, His Excellency, Dr Femi Fayemi, the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, ” Am highly excited with the Award because of the noble ideal for which it is given” Pastor Wale Adefarasin of Guiding Light Assembly, ” The Award is an Honor that compels the recipient to remain Integrity conscious.”
In the Press Statement issued by the President of the Association, Dr Charles Okhai, the Annual Event is a crusade against corruption. Says he, ” The Integrity Award is a Capacity building Statement for excellent Leadership. We need men and women of integrity at our nation’s corridors of power to ensure a meaningful development of our nation”.
Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa says, “This is an Award with a difference, it means a lot to me” According to Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Mohammadu Buhari, ” I appreciate the Award because it is a virtue we all need as true leaders” In his words, Prof Benedict Ayade, while speaking through his representative, Hollywood Actress, Kate Henshaw, ” The Award is a great Honor because, Integrity is the Hallmark of human character, especially the leaders” The showers of praise also poured forth from the popular gospel preacher, Apostle Professor, Johnson Suleiman, President and Founder of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, says,” With Integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide”. In addition to that, His Excellency, Olujimi Agbaje, says, “The Award is a conscience oriented honor, it keeps the recipient on his toes”. Nigeria’s famous erudite scholar, Professor Pat Utomi says, “Integrity should be the benchmark for every Leader”. Also, Nigeria’s doyen of journalistic excellence, Mr Ray Ekpu says, “There should be a finishing school of integrity for Nigerian Leaders”
This year Annual Integrity Lecture and Award will be the 9th edition since inception. The event is scheduled to hold on Thursday 23rd of September, 2021 at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The Theme of the event titled, “INTEGRITY IS EVERYTHING, will be delivered by the Hon Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr UCHE Ogah, while the Keynote Address tagged, ” MEDIA INTEGRITY, ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT TO BUILDING A VIRILE NATION” will be preached by Nigeria’s media icon, Dr John MOMOH, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television based in Lagos.