President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been honoured with the prestigious Zik Prize in Political Leadership on Sunday night in Lagos.
This was made known in a tweet on the official twitter account of the office of the Senate President, today, December 7, 2020.
The organisers of the award, the Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre(PPRAC) said Lawan’s consideration was in recognition of his “long-standing dynamic service to the Nigerian state” & his “undying commitment to the entrenchment of democratic ideals in the Nigerian polity.”
According to the statement, the Senator noted that the recognition was a result of the unwavering support that he enjoyed from his colleagues who resolved to be bipartisan from day one of the Ninth National Assembly.
“I consider the award as a further call to duty, not just from a personal point of view but on behalf of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the National Assembly in general,” Lawan said.
The Zik Prize was set up in 1994 in honour of the first President of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikwe, to encourage and nurture leadership on the African continent and in the Diaspora.
Previous recipients of the prize include President Jerry Rawlings(1995), President Julius Nyerere(1997), Dr Nelson Mandela(2000), President Yonweri Muzeveni(2003), President John Kuffor(2008), Alhaji Yayale Ahmed(2010), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf(2011), Afe Babalola (2013), Hon. Yakubu Dogara(2015), Alhaji Ahmed Joda(2016), Chief Audu Ogbeh(2017) and Professor Ayo Ibidapo-Obe(2018).