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Buhari salutes Okoya at 78



President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Chairman of the Eleganza Group of companies, Chief Rasaq Okoya, on his 78th birthday.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President felicitated with all business associates, family and friends of the businessman.

He noted that Okoya, through vision, hard work and entrepreneurship completely altered the business landscape of Nigeria, and West Africa, by starting a cottage industry in the early 70s that blossomed into a multi-billion naira empire, with a strong household name.


The statement read in part, “The President commends the Aare of Lagos for his generosity in providing for the less privileged, especially scholarships for people to further their education, and funds to jump-start small businesses, which he personally provides mentorship.

“President Buhari believes the Chairman of the Eleganza Group of companies, and his likes in the country, have set the right standards for weaning the country off dependence on one commodity, and assuaging the growing thirst for start-ups by exploring the benefits of personal savings, investments and building global business conglomerates.

“The President prays that the almighty God will give Chief Okoya good health, longer life and more strength to serve the country and humanity.”

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