Caption: Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2022 Nigerian Army Recognition Award to Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder and Chairman, BUA Group during the 2022 Chief of Army Staff Conference in Sokoto, North West Nigeria on Monday, while Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, looks on.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in Sokoto, North West Nigeria, on Monday, presented yet another award to the Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, during the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Sokoto.
The award to the founder of the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa Initiative) was the fourth presented by the President personally to the awardee in less than a year.
Recall that in May, BUA Group founder was honoured with the Nigeria Productivity Awards, followed with a national honour as Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR), while in October, he was again presented the Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service for philanthropy and interventions in education. Curiously at the last award, he was the only Nigerian drawn from the Public sector found worthy of such honour.
Speaking at the Chief of Army Staff Conference, President Buhari challenged the military to remain apolitical, while continuing to operate within the framework of the constitution, thereby ensuring the successful conduct of 2023 elections.
He also urged the Army to continuously improve their human rights obligations during operations in line with global best practices.