Abdul Majid Oniyangi has won the 2018 Nigeria Integrity Idol, a reality TV show, which celebrates the most honest public officials in Nigeria.
Magistrate Abdul Majid Oniyangi, the Magistrate of Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) emerged winner by popular public votes.
Other winners of the 2018 Nigeria Integrity Idol award are: Mr. Aremu Kehinde, State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps; Mr. Benson Agwu, Investigative Journalist, Ebony State Newspaper; Mr. Bravo Otahabru, Supply Chain Director, National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) and Mrs. Bipolar Adewunmi, Investigative Journalist, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Country Director for Accountability Lab Nigeria, Friday Odeh in a statement said Magistrate Abdul Majid Oniyang was voted winner after films of the Idols was put out on social media, TV and on radio where thousands of citizens across Nigeria voted for their favourite Idols through SMS and online.
The statement reads:
“Selected from nearly 300 nominees, a magistrate with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Magistrate Court, Abdul Majid’s dedication to serving citizens and carrying out his duties honestly has earned him the respect of his colleagues, superiors and most importantly – Nigerian citizens.
Abdul Majid Oniyangi is well-known for his fair and balanced approach to the rule of law and ensuring that justice is served quickly and without bias or prejudice.
He indicated that the award will go a long way in inspiring others to do the right thing in their daily lives.
We saw incredible energy today from the young people of Nigeria who have truly shown that they support and want to celebrate honest leaders.
Let’s move away from ‘naming and shaming’ and towards ‘naming and faming’ those who uphold the Nigeria’s values of honesty, integrity and accountability.
In each country, local Accountability Lab team runs a nationwide campaign to identify and encourage civil servants who demonstrate exemplary integrity in their work. Officials are nominated and voted by the public at-large, with the annual campaign culminating in an award ceremony to celebrate the finalists.
The Lab works with the winners to push for integrity within government organizations.”
Integrity Idol is a citizen-run movement to identify and celebrate upstanding government officials.
Nuzo Eziechi, an official at the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE) won the inaugural Nigeria Integrity Idol.