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Abiodun fecilitates with Nigeria’s first medical professor

Ogun State governor, Elva Abiodun, has congratulated has congratulated Nigeria’s first Professor of Medicine, Emeritus Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi, who turned 98 on Monday.

Governor Abiodun, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said the likes of Prof. Ogunlesi are the reason Ogun earned its status as the Nation’s Number One State

I congratulate Prof. Ogunlesi, not only for clocking 98 today, but for spending his time impacting society and influencing the body of knowledge in the field of Medicine. Footprints like his earned our State it’s status as the Nation’s Gateway”. Abiodun was quoted to be saying in the statement.

The governor appreciated the life and times of the iconic medical doctor and researcher, which, according to hire, are selfless, virtuous and exemplary.

“He is also a decent family man, devout Christian and community leader “, the statement further said.

The governor also prayed that, the Good Lord will uphold his family and grant the learned doctor the grace to see Nigeria overcome some of the challenges, especially, in the health sector, “adding that it would be a fitting tribute if his junior colleagues in medical research devote more time to helping us find solutions

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari had sent a congratulatory message to Professor Ogunlesi on his 98th birthday.

The statement issued yesterday in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said

“President Buhari thanks the eminent professor for giving the best of his life for the service of his immediate family, the Nigerian nation, and the medical profession across the globe.

Professor Emeritus Oladipo Ogunlesi was the first Nigerian Professor of Medicine. And President Buhari acknowledged the contribution to the profession in his message. He said, Professor Ogunlesi has contributed to the growth of medicine, especially by spearheading the training of generations of Nigerians, many of whom became vice chancellors of universities, ministers of health, and distinguished medical professionals in Nigeria and across the globe.

The President also extended his congratulatory message to the Ogunlesi family.

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