Ohuabunwa at 70: Buhari Praises His Contributions to Transform Nigerian Economy


President Muhammadu Buhari has warmly felicitated with former Chairman of Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Sam Ohuabunwa, on his 70th birthday on August 16, joining friends and family members to celebrate the visionary leader, whose competence and influence have greatly impacted on the Nigerian economy and beyond.

Buhari congratulated Ohuabunwa, who is currently President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, for many years of service to the nation, starting out early as staff of Pfizer, and phenomenally rising to become Chairman/CEO of the pharmaceutical company within 15 years, and leading a management team to buy over Pfizer Inc shares after four years at the helm of affairs.

The President believed “Ohuabunwa’s contributions in the private sector greatly shaped and transformed the Nigerian economy, especially the leading role he played as NESG Chairman, a think-tank that periodically sets development targets for the private and public sectors, and works diligently to harmonise their energy for measurable results.”

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Buhari affirmed that “the recognitions and awards given to the entrepreneur over the years, home and abroad, are well deserved, commending his pivotal leadership in the country, which include President, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association; Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Ikeja; President of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce and founding of Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment.”

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The President, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, prayed God to greatly increase the wisdom of Ohuabunwa, who is also a Knight of Saint Christopher of the Anglican Communion, and bless his family.

Idowu Sowunmi