Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, CFR reached the age of 60 on July 28, 2020. He was born in 1960, the same year Nigeria got independence from British rule.
Although the renowned economist who is also a member of the British Department for International Development’s International Advisory Group chose not to celebrate the birthday due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people from around the world sent him messages through various communication outlets including social media platforms.
There were also letters from individuals and corporate organizations felicitating with him as well as praying for a better future of higher service to the nation and to humanity.
ALSC newspaper has stumbled on one of the letters, this one written by Africa’s richest man and President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
In the letter, the multibillionaire, Dangote saluted Soludo, saying he was proud to be friends with the globally recognised and multi-award winning economist for his “various outstanding achievements in the course of your sterling career as a respected Nigerian economist, a professor, a one-time Governor, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and now as a member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) for the President.”
See details of Dangote’s letter to Soludo:
“On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the Dangote Group, I would like to warmly congratulate you as you attain the landmark age of 60. Your age belies your intellectual strength and the countless notable contributions you have made towards the development of Nigeria’s economy and Africa’s growth over the years.
“Aside my personal long-standing friendship with you, I have also felt a sense of immense pride at your various outstanding achievements in the course of your sterling career as a respected Nigerian economist, a professor, a one-time Governor, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and now as a member of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) for the President.
“Indeed, you are renowned for your economic insights, and the phrase ‘Soludonomics’ still rings a bell across Nigeria’s economic space. Your revolutionary changes in the banking sector, which are testaments to a first-rate mind, stand out as econometric milestones till the present day.”
“As you celebrate a remarkable year, your birthday presents a unique opportunity for you to achieve new heights in your contributions toward the development of Nigeria and Africa in your chosen fields.
“We, at Dangote Group, acknowledge and commend the immense contributions you have made to the economic development of this country and Africa; and we applaud your gallant, untiring efforts. Once more, on behalf of the board and management of the Dangote Group,
I congratulate you and wish you the very best.”