President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Globacom Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga (GCON), on his 60th birthday. He led the pack of eminent Nigerians paying tribute to the celebrant. Adenuga, regarded as one of Africa’s most successful businessmen and entrepreneurs, was born on April 29, 1953.
President Jonathan noted that Adenuga who was recently conferred with Nigeria’s second highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) for his contribution to the nation’s growth was celebrating 60 years of great achievements in business and philanthropy.
The president described Adenuga as an embodiment of the ideals of “diligence, commitment, unmediated patriotism and selfless service. You are celebrating 60 years of a remarkable life filled with monumental achievements in high entrepreneurship, philanthropy and dedicated service to God and country.
On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I join your family, friends, protégés and well-wishers in thanking God for your exemplary life. It is my prayer that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and enduring happiness,” President Jonathan wrote.
Also speaking on Adenuga’s birthday, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona described him as a prized asset for the country. He added that Adenuga had, through his companies, provided jobs to thousands of Nigerians and non-Nigerians.
In a message to Adenuga, President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, observed that Adenuga had not only affected Africa positively through his business accomplishments but had also been the pillar of sports in the continent.
“I wish you a happy birthday, Dr. Mike Adenuga. You are a pillar of African football. You are a grand sponsor of CAF, grand sponsor of Nigerian & Ghanaian National football teams. Happy Birthday. May God protect you and give you good health to continue to grow your business and help grow African football, Ghanaian football and Nigerian football,” said Hayatou.
Two prominent journalists, Dele Momodu, who is the publisher of Ovation magazine and former managing director of The Sun Newspapers, Mike Awoyinfa, in their columns commended Adenuga for his resilience, business acumen, outstanding achievements and exemplary humility.