President Muhammadu Buhari has joined family and friends in celebrating with former Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Concord Group of newspapers, Dr Doyin Abiola, on her 80th birthday, Feb. 1, 2023.
In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Tuesday in Abuja Buhari extolled the skills and brilliance, which saw Abiola making history at a young age as first female newspaper Editor in the country.
Buhari said he shared the joy of the milestone with the eminent media personality and opinion moulder, who started her journalism career in 1969, earned a doctorate in Communications and Political Science in 1979.
He also noted that the media personality had brought more depth and scope into publishing with many years of experience.
According to him, Abiola’s passion for research and learning shaped her intellectual contributions to the vibrant and dynamic Nigerian media.
He also lauded her for fearlessly chasing and upholding the truth, and working zealously for the good of the majority, particularly in good governance and democracy.
Buhari noted the commendable and historic roles of Abiola as a columnist with Daily Sketch in the 1960s, Features Writer at Daily Times, later Group Features Editor, pioneer daily Editor of National Concord, and becoming first female Editor-in-Chief in Nigeria.
The president rejoiced with the media icon for a life of many firsts, influencing and inspiring many, and mentoring leaders in the industry.
He prayed God to strengthen the octogenarian with good health, and bless her family. (NAN)