The Esama of Benin and Honorary Romanian Consul to Edo and Delta States of Nigeria, His Excellency, Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion has been described as a global icon and an uncommon Philanthropist.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin and former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, retired, gave the commendation today during a special breakfast meeting with the Esama of Benin as part of his eighty-seventh birthday celebration in Benin City.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai is in Edo state for the 87th birthday celebration of the Esama of Benin, Sir, Chief, Doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion and the inauguration of the Buratai security centre at Igbinedion University Okada.
The former Chief of Army Staff arrived at the Garden of Eden residence of the Esama of Benin Number 1 to 13 Okada Avenue and was given a warm welcome by the celebrant sir chief doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion.
In his usual style the hospitality of the house of Igbinedion was on display as the lavish treatment for the August visitors depicts the fatherly disposition of the host.
Lt. Gen. Buratai retired said the exploits of the Esama of Benin in harnessing human and natural resources is unequalled.
The former chief of Army Staff while congratulating the Esama of Benin on the occasion of his 87th birthday prayed God to grant him long life and more years of fruitful service to humanity
He also identified and commended the hospitality of the house of Igbinedion during his Stay in Edo State.
In his response, the Esama of Benin and honorary Romanian Consul to Edo and Delta state, His Excellency, Sir, Chief, Sir, chief doctor Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion appreciated Lt.Gen. Buratai for identifying with him on the occasion of his 87th birthday celebration.
The elder statesman also appreciated the former chief of army staff for having the interest of the Igbinedion University at heart.
The leadership of the state command of the Nigeria security and civil defence Corps was among several groups who also visited to felicitate with the Esama of Benin on his 87th birthday.