Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari is set to be named the 2018 Integrity Woman of the Year Award later next month by the National Executive Council of the Nigerian Association of Christian Journalists (NACJ), local media reports.
According to a press statement released on Friday by the NACJ, her being included in the category was because of her spirit of boldness, sincerity, patriotism, and high sense of Integrity.
“We recall how the first lady drew attention worldwide when she boldly criticized her husband in an interview with the BBC, saying she feared his administration was veering from its mandate to the people,” the statement signed by NACJ secretary Charles Okhai said.
“Mrs. Buhari also recently expressed doubt that she would support her husband if he seeks reelection unless he implemented immediate changes in personnel and policies. However, this was not to impose herself on her husband, but an enviable display of integrity,” it continued.
NACJ says the annual award is in place to help change Nigerians’ mindset “so they could appreciate the virtues of integrity and consequently develop a positive perception of leadership positions both in private and public sectors.”
This year’s event is themed, “Integrity is everything” and the aim is to emphasize the impact Integrity could have in a given society like ours, the statement added.
“This year, our list of awardees, which comes in various categories, is a perfect reflection of the fact that we can improve in our characters and become a better people, and a better Nation.”