Buhari, Osinbajo, Obasanjo, Others Salute Mrs Otedola At 90

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari; former President Olusegun Obasanjo; the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila have congratulated Lady Christine Doja Otedola, mother of billionaire philanthropist, Mr Femi Otedola, on her 90th birthday.

Also, Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as the president of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote also paid glowing tributes to the former First Lady of Lagos State.

They all saluted the nonagenarian in different letters written to her on her 90th birthday obtained on Friday. Buhari, in a congratulatory letter he personally signed, joined all Nigerians and the people of Lagos State in congratulating Mama Otedola on her 90th birthday.

“I note your selfless service and charitable works to the people of Lagos State when you served as First Lady between 1992 and 1993 and years after this period,” Buhari said.

On his part, Osinbajo in a letter he also signed personally, said: “Dolapo and I are honoured to wish our dear mother a happy 90th birthday. God has been faithful indeed and we bless His holy name that you not only accomplished this, but are alive and well to witness its official dedication.”

Similarly, Obasanjo conveyed the heartiest congratulations on behalf of his family as well as the people of Lagos State, noting that the life of the nonagenarian “has been a source of blessing and tremendous inspiration to many generations of Nigerians who came in contact with you, especially the womenfolk.”

Gbajabiamila in a letter he personally signed, also wished Mama Otedola’s happy birthday and continued good health, joy and peace, just as he prayed that God’s grace upon her life would never wane.

To Sanwo-Olu, the attainment of the milestone age by Mama was a testament to the great grace of God upon her life, adding that it also provides an opportunity for the state government and good people of Lagos to restate how appreciative they are of her selfless service and contribution to the development of the state, while Abiodun stated that Mama Otedola’s life remains an uncommon bouquet of divine benevolence and grace as well as a testimony to the awesomeness of the Almighty God.

In congratulating the mother, Gambari said: “I join your friends, family and many admirers all across the length and breadth of our dear country and around the world in celebrating this auspicious moment. Yours has truly been a life steeped in strong faith, a strong devotion to humanity and service to your community.”

Dangote, in his own congratulatory message, said: “For those of us who have been privileged to ever have contact with Lady Christine Doja Otedola, these words are in sinking tandem with her uncommon empathy and unique care for others.”


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