Your interests create opportunities for growth in Nigeria – Buhari hails Elumelu at 58
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated renowned economist and philanthropist, Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu, on his 58th birthday.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Femi Adesina, the president said he joined family and friends to rejoice with the entrepreneur, “whose interests continue to create opportunities for growth and development in the country”.
President Buhari commended the economist for his foresight and large-heartedness in setting up the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), which has “consistently inspired highly talented African youths into entrepreneurship, helped many to acquire business skills, enhanced positive social networks and provided start-up funds, within the larger goal of reducing poverty”.
The President said he believed Elumelu, who is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa and Transcorp, demonstrates resilience and relentlessness in dream realization, following his antecedents as a young banker who saw opportunities in the economy and worked hard to climb the ladder of success, receiving Nigeria’s National Productivity Order of Merit in 2019.
“As Elumelu spreads investments into energy, real estate, agribusiness, health care and hospitality, creating more opportunities in the real sector, the President prays for more wisdom, good health and longer life for the investor,” the statement further read.