- Chief Alexander Akinyele has been praised on his 80th birthday by President Muhammadu Buhari
- Akinyele who was a former minister of information is celebrating a milestone as he clocked 80
- Buhari said the former minister’s experience as secretary-general and later president of the Nigeria public relations, would always be useful to the country
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former minister of information, Chief Alexander Akinyele, on his 80th birthday, slated for Tuesday, April 23.
Buhari in a statement by his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday, said he joined all public relations professionals, the media industry, friends and family of Akinyele in celebrating the milestone.
He noted the achievements of the former minister in the public and the private sectors, including being the pioneer spokesperson of the Nigerian Customs Service.
The president extolled Akinyele’s visionary leadership style and courageous service to the nation, especially his contributions to the public sector.
He said that the former minister ensured that communication became an integral part of policy formulation and execution, and actualisation of all development projects.
Buhari said the former minister’s experience as secretary-general and later president of the Nigeria public relations, would always be useful to the country.
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The president noted that Akinyele was also chairman of the national sports commission and member of the constituent assembly.
He prayed God to grant the former minister, who is also renowned for his philanthropy, longer life, good health and more strength to serve God and humanity.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, according to reports, failed to make a public statement congratulating Olusegun Obasanjo on his 81st birthday.
Many see this action by the president as a deviation from his tradition of felicitating with former heads of state and some top Nigerian dignitaries on their birthdays.
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