President Bola Tinubu on Saturday congratulated a former Governor of Ogun State and pro-democracy activist, Chief Aremo Olusegun Osoba on his 84th birthday.
President Tinubu hailed the veteran journalist, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Dele Alake.
In his statement, Tinubu who described the former governor as a respected elder statesman, whose exemplary life is a source of inspiration to many people, said many receive advice from him from the political class.
The statement reads: “Today, I rejoice with the family, friends and numerous associates of a prominent journalist, former governor of Ogun State and elder statesman, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, on attaining 84.
“Chief Osoba’s life is dotted with excellent achievements. A pioneer journalist started his career in 1964 working with the Daily Times of Nigeria as a trainee reporter and rose to the pinnacle as the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief.
“A pro-democracy activist who fought stridently for democracy and progressive good governance in Nigeria. Unsurprisingly, his people elected him twice as governor of Ogun State, and he remains today one of the leaders of our governing All Progressives Congress.
“Chief Osoba is a highly respected elder statesman from whom many of us within the political class, young and old, receive advice and counselling.”
The former Ogun State Governor, who was born on July 15, 1939, in Osogbo Oyo State, now Osun State Capital, started his career as a journalist in 1964, with the then Daily Times, from trainee reporter, and later became a Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the news organization.
He was one of the members of the Pro-Democracy group, NADECO, which fought for democracy in Nigeria, during the military regime.
He however contested and won the 1999 governorship election in Ogun State, under the platform of the Alliance for Democracy.