By G9ija

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday, congratulated businessman, Chief Kessington Adebutu, on his 85th birthday.

His congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari greets Chief Adebutu Kessington on 85th birthday.’

Shehu said the President joined Adebutu’s friends and family members in celebrating the milestone, heralded by many years of investments in several sectors.

The statement read, “The President believes Chief Kessington’s creative and visionary investments in the economy provided opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship as he has consistently inspired many to start their own businesses, and ensured mentorship and capital.

“President Buhari extols Chief Kessington’s large-heartedness in catering for the less privileged with his charity organisations, which include The Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation and Medical Laboratory and Maternity Centre.

“As the octogenarian turns 85, the President affirms that the Odoole of Yorubaland, who is also known as Baba Ijebu, has contributed to the development of sports in the country, giving many young people the opportunity to express their talents, skills and pursue their dreams within and outside the country.

“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will continue to bless the Odoole of Yorubaland by giving him longer life, good health and strength to keep serving the country and humanity.”

Meanwhile, all activities planned for Adebutu’s 85th birthday have been shelved, in deference to the sombre mood of the nation, particularly in empathy with the late victims of the youths’ protest.

The Odole-Oodua 85th Birthday Anniversary Planning Committee, in a statement, said, “We enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to bear with the nation and pray fervently for a quick return to normalcy from this trying moment. May the good Lord guide both our leaders and the led rightly.”