12th April, 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday congratulated the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi on his 70th birthday, which comes up on Thursday.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja, said Buhari joined the academic, media world, professional colleagues, friends and family members in congratulating the septuagenarian.
According to him, Ogunbiyi has left his footprints in dramatic arts, literature, journalism, publishing and the academia, both in Nigeria and other countries.
The President noted that Ogunbiyi had been playing a significant role in shaping Nigeria’s media industry, which had gained a global reputation for its vibrancy, tenacity and fearlessness.
He affirmed that the appointment of Ogunbiyi as the present Chairman of the Governing Council of OAU was based on his “eruditeness, foresight and exceptional managerial skills in starting and building both public and private institutions into success stories’’.
The President prayed that the almighty God would grant the scholar and administrator more wisdom, strength and longer life to serve his country and humanity.
Ogunbiyi served as the Managing Director of Daily Times as well as an Executive Director of The Guardian newspapers.