Kazeem Badmus, osogbo
“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.” These were the words of Dr Akin Ogunbiyi at the 65th birthday anniversary and book launch of Mr Olalere Fagbola, over the weekend.
The PDP chief said this at NUJ Press centre in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, describing the retired – but not tired – Punch Newspaper Bureau Chief, Mr Olalere Fagbola as a man of virtue. He charged Nigerians to emulate the veteran journalist by positively impacting lives of others.
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.”
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.”
“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.