President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ray Ekpu, veteran journalist and co-founder of Newswatch Magazine, who turns 70 on August 6, 2018.
In a press release dated August 5 and signed by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media & publicity, the president sent warm greetings to also felicitates with the journalist who marked 45 years in the fourth estate and as an administrator.
According to the statement, “president Buhari joins the media world, family and friends of the renowned columnist and activist in celebrating the many years of exceptional contribution to national development through his writings, speaking engagements and leadership roles.
“The President believes Ekpu’s consistency and forthrightness in speaking and writing the truth to authorities deserves special commendation, especially the many times he placed his life at risk in fighting for democracy and the institutionalisation of good governance in Nigeria.
“As Ekpu turns a septuagenarian, President Buhari affirms that his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and editorial skills should serve as a benchmark for upcoming journalists as the future of the industry rests on the indelible tenets of fairness, accuracy and balance.
“The President prays that the Almighty God will grant the prolific writer longer life, good health and more wisdom to serve the nation and humanity.”