All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has congratulated Esama of the Kingdom of Benin Gabriel Igbinedion on his 88th birthday.

In a message broadcast by his press office, Mr. Tinubu congratulated the Dean of State and Grand Chief of Benin for his contributions to the social and economic development of the country as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural ambassador.

The former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of APC recalled how Igbinedion was the first Nigerian to start a private airline business when he established Okada Airlines and the first Nigerian to establish a university private.

“There is no better time to fully celebrate Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, than on the occasion of his 88th birthday celebration.

“Chief Igbinedion is an extraordinary Nigerian who through hard work and his indomitable spirit has paved the way for many Nigerians in business and philanthropy.

“He made us realize that it is possible and profitable for an individual to operate an airline in Nigeria when everyone thought it was impossible.

“He brought fame and honor to his hometown, Okada, when he named his airline Okada, and a little-known village became world-famous.

“Chief Igbinedion has also made his mark in the education sector with the establishment of Igbinedion University also in Okada as the first private university in Nigeria.

“As an Esama of Benin, Chief Igbinedion excelled as a cultural ambassador and icon of the kingdom. He took every opportunity to promote the rich culture and tradition around the world.

“I am indeed happy that this accomplished Nigerian has reached the age of 88 in good health and with uncommon vitality. I join his family, friends and associates in wishing this illustrious Nigerian birthday and more thanks for the years to come,” Tinubu’s post read.