Buhari congratulates Kumuyi at 81, Bongos Ikwue at 80
President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Christians and Christian leaders all over Nigeria and beyond to celebrate with founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi, on his 81st birthday.
In the same vein, he has sent warm greetings to renowned songwriter, producer, instrumentalist and singer, Bongos Ikwue, on his 80th birthday, joining family, friends and fans all over the world to celebrate with the iconic performer, whose voice keeps serenading for more than 40 years.
According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) yesterday, President Buhari felicitated with the General Superintendent on the auspicious occasion, extolling him for his dedication to soul winning, preaching of the gospel and counselling, which has transformed many lives, and left an indelible mark on the growth of the nation.
He noted the contributions of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, which started as a Bible study group by Pastor Kumuyi, who was then a lecturer, to the spiritual and moral development of the country, with testimonies in education, health, roads, water supply and provision of scholarships to the less privileged.
The statement said President Buhari shared the joy of another age with the octogenarian, his wife, Esther, other family members and friends, while acknowledging the inspiring influence of the many books of the Christian leader, especially the devotionals.
He prayed that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen Pastor Kumuyi and his family in good health and wisdom.
PRESIDENT Buhari also affirmed that Ikwue, “the multi-talented artiste” holds a special place in Nigeria’s music history, starting out with the ‘Cubana Boys’, ‘UniBello Brothers’ and ‘Bongos Ikwue and the Groovies’ to release songs that have remained evergreen, like ‘Still Searching’, ‘Amen’, ‘What’s Gonna Be Is Gonna Be’ and ‘Crockrow at Dawn’, with philosophical messages that touch on love, kindness, loyalty, unity, peace and togetherness.
According to the statement, as the songwriter and musician turns an octogenarian, the President lauded his staying power on the stage, with such poetic and soulful recent hits as ‘Inale’ that has been produced as a movie, further spicing up the Nollywood industry with Idoma folklore, and a duet with younger musician, Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka 2face, that attracted many views and reviews on apps and tubes, engaging the social media for long period.
President Buhari expressed his belief that Ikwue’s success on and off stage, running his interior design and hospitality business, drew from his deep love for God, country and humanity, and his choice of themes for music cut across religions, cultures and educational backgrounds, creating a global appeal that will influence many generations.
The President prayed that the music maestro will continue to enjoy good health, and more inspirations for sonorous tunes.