Southern Senators Felicitate Afe Babalola at 93
….. Legal Icon as Blessing to Humanity
The 51 Senators representing the 17 States of the Southern Nigeria, have felicitated a Legal Luminary, Chief Afe Babalola(SAN), as he celebrates his 93 years on Sunday, branding him as one personality that had demonstrated uncommon leadership beneficial to humanity.
The federal lawmakers, who acted under the auspices of Southern Senators’ Forum, applauded the proprietor of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti(ABUAD), for carving a niche for himself in legal, medical and agriculture fields, thereby contributing to the strengthening of the economy .
The Forum’s Chairman and Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Opeyemi Bamidele, said this in his goodwill message on behalf of his colleagues to celebrate the 93 years birthday anniversary of the legal Icon.
Bamidele said Afe Babalola remains a priceless and influential leader, role model and philanthropist of no mean repute to many Nigerians, praying to God to continually grant him good health to contribute more in his service to Nigerians.
The Senators averred that Chief Babalola’s remains a reference point and avatar in the legal profession where he had six decades of unblemished records and blossoming legal practice, saying this singular trait stands him out among his peers.
The federal lawmakers added that Chief Babalola had helped in rejuvenating the country’s debilitating education sector , with the establishment of ABUAD, they described as a pathfinder in functional education to other universities operating in the country.
The Senators said: “We congratulate Chief Afe Babalola(SAN) on his 93 years birthday anniversary. We want to say without equivocation that we are very proud of your sterling and positively impactful exploits in various fields of human endeavour.
“In legal profession, you remain an avatar. In the field of Medicine, the Afe Babalola multisystem Hospital stands tall as the best in subsaharan Africa, and one entity that is gradually halting the long trend of medical tourism in Nigeria.
“In education, your footprints stand indelibly as ABUAD towers above other ivory towers in the propagation of functional education in Nigeria, while your contributions to agriculture with the establishment of Afe Babalola farms is propelling Ekiti towards attaining self sustenance posture and food security status among the states in Nigeria.
“We salute your patriotism and rigid belief that the project Nigeria can become a success. It is worthy of note that your unsurpassable philanthropic spirit had liberated many homes from the shackles of poverty and illiteracy via series of empowerments and scholarship schemes you had bankrolled to help humanity.
“We pray that the good Lord will continue to imbue you with wisdom, good and sound health to be able to serve Nigerians more zealously and generously as you have always been”.
Senate President greets former President Ibrahim Babangida @81
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has sent his felicitations to former President Ibrahim Babangida on the joyful occasion of his 81st birthday.
Lawan congratulates the elder statesman for marking the day in good health and peace of mind.
“I felicitate our elder statesman, former President Ibrahim Babangida, as I join members of his family, friends and associates in rejoicing with him on the auspicious occasion.
“We thank the Almighty Allah for keeping him in good health after his great accomplishments in the service of our beloved country, Nigeria.
“I pray Allah to grant him many more of this day so that our nation may continue to draw from his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience,” Lawan says.
The Senate President wishes the General a happy birthday and many happy returns of the day.
Abuja Stands Still as Lawan Leads Senators, Others to Celebrate Bamidele @ 59
The President of Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Friday evening led some of his colleagues and other eminent personalities to celebrate 59 years birthday celebration of Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele in Abuja , the Federal CapitalTerritory.
Senator Lawan arrival with other dignitaries at the venue of the event kicked off the colourful birthday dinner despite the evening showers.
Among the Senators who attended the celebration party were Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Philip Adudua, Jubril Barau,( Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations) Tolu Odebiyi, Kola Balogun,
Michael Ama Nnachi and Senior Special Assistant to President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare.
Also, A member representing Ado Ifelodun/Irepodum Federal Constituency, Hon. Steve Fatoba was also in attendance to celebrate with Senator Bamidele.
The Clerk of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Hajia Fatimo Abba Jiddum led staff of the committee to the dinner marking 59th birthday celebration of Senator Bamidele.
Senior National Assembly Staff, Captains of Industry, members legal luminaries, friends and family were on ground to add colour to the celebration in Abuja.
Similarly on same day some supporters of Senator Opeyemi Bamidele in Ekiti Central Senatorial district held series of programmes for the Ekiti born politician with Reception in his country home , Iyin-Ekiti , visit Erelu Adebayo motherless Children home and held Jumat Service in honor of the celebrant at Iyin-Ekiti.
Speaking with Journalists, Senior Legislative Aide to the Senator, Hon Bunmi Oguntuase described Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele at 59 as leader who had impacted lives of people of Ekiti and beyond.
” My experience with him in the past three years has shown that Senator Bamidele is a leader that listen, always ready to help and we calls him promise keeper because is a man of his word”.
Excited Senator Bamidele thanked the well wishers both in Abuja and Iyin-Ekiti and across the globe for show of love at his 59 years birthday and also thanked the almighty God for his blessing over his life for the past 59 years.
The highlights of Senator Bamidele 59th birthday celebration in Abuja include Prayers, cutting of Cakes and presentation of gifts.
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