By Sunday Ode
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent warm felicitations to renowned economist and philanthropist, Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu, on his 58th birthday, joining family and friends to rejoice with the entrepreneur, whose interests continue to create opportunities for growth and development in the country.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Monday, 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, the statement said, 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 said.