By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated legal luminary, educationist and philanthropist, Chief Afe Babalola, as he turns 85 on October 30, 2016.
The president, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari joined members of Aare Babalola’s family, close associates, professional colleagues and the academia in celebrating ‘this milestone in the life of a man who epitomises unique and enviable qualities that every nation will want projected in its leadership and citizenry.’
Buhari said that Babalola’s lifestyle exemplifies discipline, diligence, honesty and wisdom, virtues he employed from childhood to succeed against the vicissitudes of poverty and deprivation, and climbed steadily to reach the pinnacle of his career as Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
The statement said, “as he marks his 85th birthday, Buhari believes Aare Babalola can look back with pride at his achievements, which include the God-fearing act of always catering for the poor and under privileged, and mentoring of lawyers from his Emmanuel Chambers that have turned Senior Advocates of Nigeria and Attorneys-General and Ministers of Justice.
“The president also extols the patriotism and commitment of Aare Babalola to nation building through regular counseling of leaders, representation of the Federal Government and founding of one of the best universities in Africa.
“He prays that the almighty God will grant the philanthropist longer life, good health and wisdom to sustain the good works.”
In the same vein, the president has congratulated the National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Party, Senator Osita Izunaso, on his 50th birthday, October 30, 2016.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu said Buhari joined family, friends and well-wishers in celebrating the life of the accomplished journalist, politician and philanthropist, whom he said had used his God-given abilities and resources for the benefit of humanity.
The president particularly commended the exemplary lifestyle and conduct of Izunaso adding that, ‘at the golden age of 50 he has creditably demonstrated great leadership skills with towering records as a former distinguished lawmaker and current APC chieftain.”
The president said he believed that Izunaso’s commitment to providing care and support to Persons Living with Disability through his Kpakpando Foundation; and the decision to celebrate his golden jubilee with the less privileged was worthy of emulation by all, particularly young and aspiring leaders.
Buhari wished Izunazo more years of good health, wisdom and diligence in the service of the nation and humanity.