President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, joined Nigerian Bar Association and National Judicial Council in celebrating one of the country’s brightest and resourceful lawyers, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), on his 87th birthday.
The President sent warm felicitations to the family, friends, close associates and professional colleagues of the legal luminary in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Adesina quoted Buhari as saying “Babalola’s indelible imprint on the legal profession and academia remains legendary.
“I believe Babalola has been an inspiration to both the young and old on the power of dreaming big and the audacity of following through, having started out as a Grade 11 teacher.”
The President added that the elder statesman had by hard work, discipline and self-motivation, propelled himself to great heights of success, including establishment of a private university.
Buhari affirmed that Babalola’s wealth of knowledge and wisdom had been rightfully deployed in the service of God, his country and humanity.
He commended him for “his large-heartedness and love for the poor and the vulnerable”.
The president prayed for more of God’s abundant grace upon Chief Babalola for longer life, good health and strength to further serve the country and humanity.