President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated veteran actor, Jimmy Johnson, popularly known as Okoro, who turns 77 years of age on January 11.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday, President Buhari joined the Nollywood family and the media industry in congratulating the ace entertainer, presenter and comedian.
He extolled the exceptional talent, skills and versatility of the veteran actor, whose sterling performances in Village Headmaster, The Citizens and other soap operas earned him massive reputation and recognition at both national and international levels.
According to the President, the septuagenarian’s contribution to the movie industry, which ranks second in the world, remains indelible, especially as the actors now play major roles in national and global development.
President Buhari commended Johnson for the sacrifice, patriotism and loyalty to his country and his calling, starting out early on stage and the screen when rewards were very minimal, but pursuing his career with relentless passion and vigour.
The President prayed the almighty God to grant Johnson, who he described as a respected thespian, longer life, good health and the strength to keep serving.
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