President Buhari Felicitates Chief Soyode on 80th Birthday, Says He is a 'Worthy Patriot'
- Chief Olutayo Soyode, a stalwart of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria is marking his 80th birthday today
- The prominent chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos state, is the father-in-law of VP Osinbajo
- To honour the octonegerian, President Buhari felicitated him and recalled his contributions to national development
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Aso Rock - President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Chief Olutayo Soyode on his 80th birthday, January 29.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Femi Adesina and seen by Legit.ng, the president described Chief Soyode as a worthy patriot and man of honour with strong commitment to family values, education and Nigeria's socio-economic development.
President Buhari acknowledged the contributions of Chief Soyode to national development including in his role as a trained marine engineer and also in politics.
Buhari noted that Soyode, who was a follower of the late Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, has showed exemplary leadership qualities as a public intellectual and someone who is very passionate about education, people and giving back to his community and nation.
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The president also prayed for God’s continued guidance and good health for him.
Soyode is a stalwart of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos state, where he is a member of the presidential campaign council.
He was a member of the Unity Party of Nigeria, founded by Chief Awolowo, who was his father-in-law, during the Second Republic.
Chief Soyode, who was an active follower of the late Premier of the Western Region, has showed exemplary leadership qualities as a public intellectual and someone who is very passionate about education, people and giving back to his community and nation.
He is also the father-in law of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
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An aide to the vice president, Olaolu Beckley, on Sunday, January 29, shared a throwback video of Osinbajo talking about his father-in-law.
In the video posted on Twitter, the vice president was narrating how himself, his father and his father-in-law are fans of a popular non-alcoholic beverage.
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Later that day, the vice president met with the leadership of the Northern Reawakening Forum led by Hon. Mohammed Kumalia an re-echoed his sentiments.
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