President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated billionaire businessman, Chief Kesington Adebutu, as he clocks 82.
Adebutu, popularly known as Baba Ijebu is a pioneer of pools betting business in Nigeria is the founder of Premier Lotto.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President lauded Adebutu’s contributions to the growth of the economy through his businesses, and the provision of jobs to thousands of Nigerians especially the youth.
Buhari also commended the business acumen, hard work and sheer determination which enabled Adebutu to rise from humble beginnings to currently sit atop a business empire.
The President affirmed that Adebutu’s philanthropic programmes under the auspices of the Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation have made life more meaningful for less privileged Nigerians.
Describing as “worthy of emulation” the donations made particularly to educational and religious organisations by the kind-hearted octogenarian, popularly called “Baba Ijebu”, the President notes that such contributions have endeared him to Nigerians from all parts of the country.
“President Buhari prays that Almighty God will grant Sir Adebutu, a recipient of several chieftaincy titles and honorary doctorate degrees, good health and longer life to continue rendering selfless services to his fatherland and humanity,” the statement read.