Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday congratulated Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, a renowned mathematician, economist and father of former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
In a statement, Media Adviser to the president, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari joined Ogwashi Ukwu community in Delta State, immediate and extended Okonjo family, professional colleagues and friends of the monarch in celebrating him, saying the imprint of the cerebral scholar on education in Nigeria and beyond has remained indelible.
“The president extols the sterling educational and leadership qualities of Okonjo who pursued knowledge with interest and vigour from his youth, obtaining a first degree in mathematics as an external student, and following up with two master’s degrees in Economics and Statistics, and a doctorate in Mathematical Statistics.
“President Buhari believes the traditional ruler has sowed in many lives as a teacher, mentor and leader, particularly wielding a strong influence over his children and grand-children that have turned out to be national and global icons by reputably serving the country in various capacities.
“He prays that the Almighty God will grant the Obi of Ogwashi Ukwu longer life, more strength and good health to keep serving humanity,” the statement added.