President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with music superstar and Evangelist, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
The President in a press statement signed Saturday by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina pays tribute to the musician, who used his art and skills to fly Nigeria’s flag round the world, bringing joy and merriment to people with his sonorous voice, and didactic songs, for over six decades.
President Buhari remarks that though he is from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, Obey’s music has been a blessing not only to the entire Southwest but he has garnered tremendous recognition and adulation nationally and internationally.
He has used his music to champion Government programmes.
The President notes that the musician/preacher has sung on virtually every area of human endeavour and activity with countless gold discs and many platinum discs to his credit, leading to being honored with the prestigious award of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in 2001.
President Buhari lauds the fact that on 7th of July, 2014, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State conferred on Chief Commander Obey the status of Professor of Music, as a visiting lecturer in the Department of English and Performing Arts of the University.
“Successfully blending the secular and spiritual, the President urges the younger generation to borrow a leaf from the musician, who was formally ordained into the ministry on his 50th birthday on the 3rd of April, 1992. He is the General Overseer of Decross Gospel Mission, Lagos and the President of Ebenezer Obey Evangelistic Ministries” the statement said.
President Buhari wishes the celebrant longer life, good health, and further service to God and humanity.