Buhari Lauds Asiwaju, Momoh at 80

Buhari lauds Momoh and Asiwaju for their contribution to national development.

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the academia in celebrating foremost historian and educationist, Emeritus Professor Anthony Ijaola Asiwaju, and a former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh, on their 80th birthday on Sunday.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Friday said President Buhari congratulated Asiwaju and Momoh for numerous contribution to national development.

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The President praised Asiwaju for his recognition and awards on his researches on Nigeria, West Africa and Africa which he said has enriched knowledge, deepened understanding and widened the scope of scholarship on cultures, colonies and Africa’s search for identity and development in a global world.

He also lauded Momoh for his contribution to the growth of journalism in Nigeria, particularly his visionary role of advocating the integration of communication strategies in development plans and implementations.

Extolling the historian for maintaining a strong relationship with his roots, Buhari noted that Asiwaju attained great heights through knowledge. after conquering many odds to acquire a good education and working diligently to provide ladders of opportunities for many underprivileged.

As the historian turns an octogenarian, President Buhari commended his patriotism and contribution to national development, especially his willingness to provide wise counsels to governments and institutions when called upon.

He also extolled Momoh’s courage in delving into politics and providing strong leadership as Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and serving earlier as the Chairman of Media and Publicity for the All Nigeria’s Peoples Party (ANPP) campaign organisation for many years.

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The President, who noted that the former minister’s sacrifice for growth of democracy and journalism in Nigeria will be remembered by posterity, encouraged him to always stick to the progressive ideals that have brought him recognition and encomiums, and continue to inspire younger leaders in the same path.

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