President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with multi-talented musician Ebenezer Obey on his 81st birthday, celebrating the talented performer for 66 years of impactful global career with evergreen signature tunes from the 1950s.
In a statement on Monday, Femi Adesina, Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, said Obey’s influence in Nigeria’s music industry has made him the ‘chief commander’ of the sector.
According to the statement, the music maestro’s career in blending Juju and Highlife music into a melodic band has attracted the world to Nigeria’s music brand.
The President believed that the revered mentor and teacher expanded his reach through sharing knowledge, good works and charity, guiding younger musicians to get training and skills at his musical school, counselling many against destructive habits and providing scholarships for the less privileged, with visits to orphanages and other welfare institutions.
President Buhari joined family members, friends, professional colleagues and fans of Obey to appreciate the lifelong dedication, diligence and sacrifices that culminated in the successes and the willingness always to place God at the centre.
The President prays for good health and more years of blessings for the octogenarian.