The President of Nigeria also a retired Major General, Muhammadu Buhari, congratulated the Chairman of United Bank for Africa and Transcorp, Tony Elumelu, on his 58th birthday on Monday.
The president’s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari greets Tony Elumelu at 58’.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm felicitations to renowned economist and philanthropist, Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu, on his 58th birthday, joining family and friends to rejoice with the entrepreneur, whose interests continue to create opportunities for growth and development in the country.
“President Buhari commends the economist for his foresight and large-heartedness in setting up the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which has consistently inspired highly talented African youths into entrepreneurship, helped many to acquire business skills, enhanced positive social networks and provided start-up funds, within the larger goal of reducing poverty.
“The President believes Elumelu, who is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa and Transcorp, demonstrates resilience and relentlessness in dream realisation, following his antecedents as a young banker who saw opportunities in the economy and worked hard to climb the ladder of success, receiving Nigeria’s National Productivity Order of Merit in 2019.
“As Elumelu spreads investments into energy, real estate, agribusiness, health care and hospitality, creating more opportunities in the real sector, the President prays for more wisdom, good health and longer life for the investor.”