President Buhari, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, felicitated with all business associates, family and friends of the astute businessman, who through vision, hard work and entrepreneurship completely altered the business landscape of Nigeria, and West Africa, by starting a cottage industry in the early 70’s that blossomed into a multi-billion naira empire, with a strong household name.
The President commended the Aare of Lagos for his generosity in providing for the less privileged, especially scholarships for people to further their education and funds to jumpstart small businesses, which he personally provided mentorship.
According to him, Okoya and his likes in the country have set the right standards for weaning the country off dependence on one commodity.
He added that their activities had also assuaged the growing thirst for start-ups by exploring the benefits of personal savings, investments and building global business conglomerates.
President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God would give Chief Okoya good health, longer life and more strength to serve the country and humanity.