President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated the Obi of Ogwashiukwu, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, who turns 90 on Thursday.
The renowned Mathematician and Economist is the father of a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he joined the Ogwashiukwu community in Delta State, immediate and extended Okonjo family, professional colleagues, and friends of the traditional ruler in celebrating “the cerebral scholar whose imprint on education in Nigeria and beyond remain indelible.”
The President extolled the educational and leadership qualities of Okonjo who he said pursued knowledge with interest and vigour from his youth.
He recalled that Okonjo obtained a first degree in mathematics as an external student, and following up with two Masters degrees in Economics and Statistics, and a Doctorate in Mathematical Statistics.
“President Buhari believes the traditional ruler has sowed in many lives as a teacher, mentor, and leader, particularly wielding a strong influence over his children and grandchildren who have turned out to be national and global icons by reputably serving the nation in various capacities.
“He prays that the Almighty God will grant the Obi of Ogwashiukwu longer life, more strength and good health to keep serving humanity,” the statement read.