President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Nigeria’s media industry in celebrating a veteran journalist and founding Director of Newswatch, Yakubu Mohammed, on his 70th birthday, praying for abiding good health and strength.
The president felicitated with Mohammed, his family, professional and political associates on the landmark age, while commending his courage and dedication to the country, sometimes at grave risks, working variously with some of the pillars of Nigerian print media like New Nigerian and National Concord Newspapers, and co-founding the Newswatch magazine in 1984.
The president said the footprints and contributions of the renowned columnist to the development of journalism, particularly grooming the younger generation, are firmly imprinted on the media landscape.
At 70, the president extolled the virtues of Mohammed for maintaining the delicate balance of being at the commanding heights of journalism, and keeping in touch with the grassroots, recalling his contributions to the growth, development and victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC), particularly in Kogi state.
The president prayed that the almighty God would grant the journalist longer life, and bless his family.