President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday felicitated National Librarian, Prof. Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina on his 70th birthday (December 22, 2020).
He celebrated the milestone with family and friends, while commending more than 40 years of his training, research and service to Nigeria, and to more than 22 African countries.
According to a statement by the Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, President Buhari congratulated the Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria on his contribution to knowledge in an area of education that provides bedrock for research.
He extolled the scholar for paying particular attention and writing extensively on Agricultural Information, which had since turned a central reference in Africa, and beyond.
The President rejoiced with the academia and professional associates of the professor of Library and Information Science on his investments in building human capacity and providing insights into the future of learning for institutions and governments, willingly accepting every call to national service.
As Prof. Aina turns 70, President Buhari believed his wealth of knowledge and experience would continue to inspire many into adopting the noble career, especially as resources for learning become more diversified in a fast-changing world.
The President prayed that God would grant the scholar longer life and strength to keep serving the nation.