By Ismaila Chafe
Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated renowned journalist, author and publisher, Chief Areoye Oyebola, as he clocks 80 years on Dec. 23.
The congratulatory message is in a statement in Abuja on Thursday issued by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
Adesina stated that “the President joined the media industry, publishers, family and friends of Oyebola in celebrating the lofty achievements of the octogenarian.”
Buhari said that the patriotism and commitment displayed by Oyebola in nation-building had been clearly demonstrated in his early participation in politics.
He added that Oyebola’s relentless pursuit of justice and fairness in joining NADECO and Afenifere during the troubling times in Nigeria’s democracy were clear demonstration of his patriotism.
President Buhari commended the untiring efforts of the veteran journalist and publisher in contributing to the development of Nigeria through the writing of articles and books over many years
He also lauded his courage to start an NGO, Movement for Nigeria’s Total Transformation (MNTT).
The President prayed that God would grant Oyebola longer life, good health and more strength to continue to serve the country and humanity in general.
Oyebola had served as Editor of Daily Times, Commissioner in Western State of Nigeria, Oyo State, and on the board of many public and private institutions.