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Buhari salutes Prof. Olu Obafemi at 70

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with renowned academic and prolific writer, Prof. Olufemi Obafemi, on his 70th birthday, April 4, 2020, congratulating him for distinguished career and contribution to nation building, “which has earned him numerous recognitions and awards within, and outside the country”.

A statement signed on Saturday by a senior presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, said the President noted that Prof. Obafemi’s versatility and resourcefulness in the literary world as a poet, dramatist and English Professor, has been generously used to improve administration of education in Nigeria.

According to the President, Mr Obafemi deserves commendation for his admirable ability to hold the mirror before society for corrections through his plays, poems and newspaper articles.

“The President believes the scholar’s willingness to accept invitations for national service, and make available his vast experience and wisdom remains commendable, especially in strategic places like the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, National Commission for Museums and Monuments and some of the nation’s universities.

“As former President of Association of Nigerian Authors, and the only recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit, NNOM, in the Humanities for 2018, President Buhari strongly extols Prof. Obafemi’s passion for research, creative spirit and organisational skills.

“The President felicitates with family members, friends and professional associates of the scholar, praying that almighty God will grant him longer life, good health and more strength to keep serving the nation,” the statement added.

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