Dr.Akin Ogunbiyi has congratulated veteran journalist,Mr. Olalere Fagbola, who was Punch Newspaper Bureau Chief before he retired from active journalism describing him as” a man of virtue’.
The Osun PDP chieftancy made this know during the 65th birthday anniversary and book launch of Mr Olalere Fagbola held at NUJ Press Centre in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State,
“The way you live your life is very important as Almighty God will hold you accountable. You must try as much as possible to affect people positively.” T hese were the words of Dr Akin over the weekend.
Congratulating the veteran journalist and his family, Ogunbiyi said, “I met Mr Olalere Fagbola sometimes back and ever since then, I never regret knowing him. He is an upright man, a pastor and someone who positively impacts the lives of others”He is a journalist par excellence.”
Ogunbiyi also noted that the celebrant’s books titled, “Heroes” and “Heroism”, one of which was dedicated to him, are products of rigorous thinking and commendable efforts which would further inspire people and enrich knowledge base.
Earlier in his welcome address, Mr Olalere Fagbola disclosed that he decided to dedicate the books to Chief Shuaib Oyedokun, a PDP stalwart and Ogunbiyi because of their zeal and noble acts.
He continued, “I want to appeal to Nigerians not to wait till their heroes die before they celebrate them. Let them smell the fragrance of their flowers when they are still alive. We should show gratitude to our heroes so that they can do more.”
“These books have been tested and trusted. The books have made their presence felt in ten university libraries, nationally and internationally, including the United States of America.
The goal is not to make money but to celebrate heroes and appreciate heroism.”
“When I was consulted in respect of the books, I wondered what informed his decision to dedicate his book to me. But when I read through the book and also heard his speech now, I understand better.”
Ogunbiyi launched the insightful publications and assured the celebrant of his absolute support towards the mass production of the books.