President hails Afe Babalola at 85, Izunaso at 50


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated legal luminary, Chief Afe Babalola, as he turns 85 on Sunday.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he joined members of Babalola’s family, close associates, professional colleagues and the academia in celebrating the man who, he said, epitomises unique and enviable qualities that every nation would want projected in its leadership and citizenry.

The statement read in part, “The President reaffirms that the legal luminary’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.

“The President also extols the patriotism and commitment of Afe Babalola to nation building through regular counselling 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.”

The President also hailed the National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Osita Izunaso, as he turns 50 on Sunday.

The President’s congratulatory message, contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, lauded the journalist, politician and philanthropist for using his God-given abilities and resources for the benefit of humanity.

The statement read in part, “The President salutes the exemplary lifestyle and conduct of Sen. Izunaso, who at the golden age of 50, has creditably demonstrated great leadership skills with towering records as a former distinguished lawmaker and current APC chieftain.”

In a related development, Buhari on Friday, also congratulated Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya on his election as Vice President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union for Africa at the just-concluded 135th general assembly of the union in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President expressed the belief that Gaya possesses the experience, credentials and vision to serve in the international body and contribute to the goal of making the world a better place through people-oriented legislations in a democratic society.