This Day (Lagos)

3 January 2013

Nigeria: Amosun Celebrates a Centenarian

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has joined Muslim faithful in Egbaland to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Balogun of Egba Muslims, Alhaji Yoonus Akanbi Akiyode.

While congratulating the centenarian at his residence in Abeokuta Wednesday, Amosun described the former member of Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Board and Advisory Council on the State's Prerogative of Mercy as a diligent man whose "achievements remain evergreen."

"Your commitment to the service of God manifests in your active participation in leading Islamic organisations both within Ogun and Nigeria as a whole. You also excelled in the world of banking. I wish you many more years of service to God and humanity and greater grace of good health," Amosun said.

In his remarks, Alhaji Akiyode thanked Governor Amosun for his presence and "development projects that are changing the face of Ogun."

Earlier, the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Alhaji Liadi Orunsolu, lauded the achievements of the governor and wished him more success stories in the New Year, adding: "God is the giver of strength and long life; this is evident in the celebrant's 100th year on earth."

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