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Akande’s National Honour deserving for excellence, hardwork –Group

Mr. Laolu Akande, Spokesperson of Nigeria's former Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo

*The MediaCentral Forum, a social media influencers’ group, has described Laolu Akande, Spokesperson of Nigeria’s former Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, as an astute professional with a proven track record of service

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government’s National Honour (Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON) recently conferred on Mr. Laolu Akande, former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, is a well-deserved honour and reward for exceptional service to Nigeria, the MediaCentral Forum has said.

The group, in a statement signed on behalf of the group by its Coordinator, Alhaji Bature Ibrahim Monday, May 29, 2023, said Akande’s conferment with the O.O.N was most deserving, given his track record in office as a Presidential aide.

The group stated: “The honour done to Mr. Akande in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of the nation, the Buhari administration and in particular, his coordination of media and related activities in the VP’s Office in the past eight years, is not only deserving but long overdue.”

Applauding former President Muhammadu Buhari for the decision, the MediaCentral Forum said, “while we commend Mr. President for the honour and recognition done to Mr. Laolu Akande and other deserving awardees, we congratulate Mr. Laolu Akande, OON, on the recognition.

“We assure you of our continuous prayers and best wishes in all of your future endeavours.”

The forum also congratulated other personalities recognised by the President, especially other senior aides in the VP’s office , including Sen. Babafemi Ojudu; Hajiya Mariam Uwais; Mr. Tola Adekunle-Johnson; Amb. Abdullahi Gwary; Pastor Seyi Malomo and Tolani Ali, among others.

In a similar vein, Ms. Gloria Adagbon, a social media influencer, also described the immediate past Vice President’s Spokesman as an astute professional, who has served diligently with dedication and utmost loyalty.

Adagbon, who had collaborated with Akande in the past years to push narratives in pursuit of a New Nigeria, thanked “Mr. Akande for his great service to our amiable VP and the country.”

She noted: “He is an astute professional who has served diligently with dedication and utmost loyalty.”

“One thing I’ve learned from him is the ability to maintain focus in the midst of media noise and/ or political shenanigans, displaying the highest level of professionalism.”

Adagbon added: “He has shown that one can stay the course on one’s beliefs and convictions against the odds.

“I wish him the very best for the next chapter.”

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