My Profound Appreciation to You All
“Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” —Brian Tracy
I want to effusively appreciate all the dignitaries, ranging from political office holders, royalties, captains of industries, technocrats, bureaucrats, business tycoons, media gurus, academics, traders, artisans and amazingly distinguished well wishers, who either graced the occasion of my 50th Birthday Anniversary with their presence or sent in glowing birthday wishes and beautiful gifts.
In specific terms, I want to thank His Excellency, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the beautifully crafted birthday wishes and eulogies, I am greatly honored, sir. My special regard to our highly revered Excellency, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The pioneer National Chairman of our great Party, Chief Bisi Akande, our ever indefatigable ‘Baba Omo Keeke’ as we fondly call him, you are a rare gem. I believe in the mantra, “Fathers Take Us Further”; thank you sir. I am indebted to the National leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Jagaban Borgu. You are truly a living legend.
I’m indebted to our amiable Governors, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state, and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state. My eternal appreciation to Chief (Mrs) Florence Ajimojibi (wife of the late former Governor of Oyo State) and all other governors of our great party, I appreciate you all in no specific order.
I appreciate the presence of my royal fathers, the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III Ikubabayeye, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Soliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogungunluso 1 (Olubadan of Ibadan), HRM OBA Revd Ademola Olugbile Folakanmi, Makuledoye 11, Iludero 1, the Alado of Ado Awaye and other traditional rulers that honoured me with their wishes. Kade o pe Lori, ki bata pe lese o!
The support of the Oyo state APC Chairman, Chief Akin Oke and all the EXCO members of our great party from State to ward level can never be over emphasized.
I aslo say thank you to my former bosses and colleagues in the corporate private sector and public service, specifically, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele and all the deputy governors, the chairman of FBN Holdings, Dr Oba Otudeko, the immediate past and the current Group Managing Directors of First Bank, Mr Bisi Onasanya and Dr Sola Adeduntan and all other associates of mine from the organised private sector too numerous to mention.
To my beloved fathers, brothers, sisters and leaders in the political realm, specifically former Governors Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja and Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao Akala, and former Deputy Governors of Oyo State, Chief Moses Alake and Chief Iyiola Oladokun, Sen.Teslim Folarin, Sen. Fatai Buhari, Sen. Femi Lanlehin, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle , Sen. Soji Akanbi, Mr Sunday Dare (Hon. Minister for Youth and Sport), Hon. Olusegun Odebunmi, Hon. Akeem Adeyemi, Hon. Akin Alabi, Hon. Shina Peller, Hon. Olaide Akinremi, Hon. Tolu Akande Sadipe, Hon. Olajide Olatunbosun, Hon. Olumide Ojerinde, Hon Seyi Adisa, Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, Hon. Samuel Egunjobi, Prof. Barr. Adeolu Akande, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, Hon. Ajiboye Omodewu, Hon. Demola Ojo, Hon. Dapo Lam-Adesina, Mr Zach Adelabu Adedeji, Hon. Gbenga Olayemi, Hon. Wale Murphy, Hon. Open Salawu, Hon. Ope Salami, Hon. Rotimi Ajanaku, Barr. Niyi Akintola SAN, Chief Olusola Ayandele (Eruobodo), Engr. Joseph Tegbe, Alh. Dr. Yinus Akintunde, Mr Soji Eniade, Mrs Hannah Ogunesan, Alh. Bisi Olopoeniyan, Mogaji Iba Nureni Akanbi.
To all the former and serving lawmakers at both chambers of the National Assembly, the state assembly lawmakers, all Permanent Secretaries, Directors of ministries and other agencies of government not mentioned here, I appreciate you all.
I must also sincerely appreciate the Chairman Planning committee Hon. Abass Aleshinloye (ALGON Chairman), members of the Planning committee and his Alternate, Hon. Olumide Alli for their efforts in making the event colourful. All members of ALGON are well appreciated for the support you provided these committee arrow heads. I cant thank you enough.
My beautiful wife and children, my mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and niecses and my entire family of Adelabu Penkelemesi descents, all my in-laws, childhood, corporate, and social friends, political associates and other well meaning dignitaries that graced the occasion, I appreciate you all.
For those whose names could not be accommodated here, you are no less appreciated. May the Grace of the Almighty Allah continue to abide with you and yours.
It’s a great honour to have received those heartwarming wishes, charming greetings and gifts from you all on the occasion of my Birthday anniversary. May we all live long to witness many more good years on the surface of the earth.
Thank you all. Cheers!
Chief Adebayo A. Adelabu FCA, FCIB
Agbaakin Parakoyi of Ibadanland