-As celebrant launches his new book, Wired to Lead
It was a birthday celebration like no other for the PSN President, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, on Sunday as he was lavishly praised by the high and mighty in the society that graced the occasion including the former Head of State, Retd Major General Yakubu Gowon; Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos; Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi; Bishop Matthew Kukah; Bishop Mike Okonkwo of TREM; Dr Olorunnibe Mamora, minister of health for state; Arc Ifeanyi Odedo, national president of FGBMFI; Dr Stella Okoli; chairman, Emzor Group; Chief Adewolu Adedoja; Nigerian Diplomat, Christopher Kolade; among others.
Applauding the quintessential leadership skill of the celebrant during the virtual birthday celebration and book launch, the guests described him as a magnate and colossus who has garnered experiences from various sectors of the economy, as well as impacted the Nigerian economy immensely through his wealth of experience.
Bishop Kukah, in his tribute to Mazi said the occasion presented him a good opportunity to celebrate all health workers at the front line in the fight against COVID-19 as the global community is hard hit with the pandemic.
The Catholic Priest pronounced longevity of life on the celebrant, praying God to preserve him for another 70 years if he so desires.
Governors of Lagos and Abia states also felicitated with Mazi, recalling his exploits in their states and country at various times to boost the growth and development of the country.
Prof. Charles Okafor on his part sent his hearty felicitations “to a man divinely wired to LEAD. You have been a blessing to many generations, mine inclusive. Happy birthday Sir”.
Prof. (Mrs) Mbang Femi-Oyewo, chairman BOF, PSN, prayed for the celebrant on behalf of the PSN-BOF, asking God for greater grace for him to make more impact as he ages gracefully.
“On behalf of members of Board of Fellows, l say congratulations and a very happy birthday to our Icon of Pharmacy, former chairman BOF and current President PSN. May the Lord continue to bless you and be gracious unto you always as you age gracefully. We celebrate you today. May your blessings flow ceaselessly. We wish you many happy returns”, she prayed.
Members of Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN) also joined their voices to the whole gamut of eulogies to the iconic pharmacist on his special day, as they wished him more years alive in good health and prosperity.
They said: “The Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN) being the latest Pharmacy Association in Nigeria and incorporated in the year 2020, is proud to join the government of Nigeria, friends and well-wishers of the PSN President, and indeed all pharmacists in Africa’s most populous country in celebrating Pharm. (Dr) Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa @ 70. Seventy hearty cheers to the president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). Sir, CPAN wishes you many more happy years in good health, continued prosperity and God’s guidance, Amen”.
Earlier on in the virtual birthday celebration, Arc. Ifeanyi Odedo, National president of FGBMFI gave an exhortation to the guests on why they need to surrender their lives to Christ, who is able to catalyse them to any position they desire in life.
Odedo, made a narrative of his life from childhood how he had suffered from near success syndrome until the day he met Christ when the spell was taken away. He thereafter invited all participants to accept the same Jesus Christ who is able to turn their lives around for the best.
Appreciating the short but powerful sermon of the priest, the Pharmanews Publisher, Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi expressed his delight in the testimonies of Mazi and the Full Gospel National President, how they have been instrumental to the saving of souls.
“I thank God for using the testimonies of Sam Ohuabunwa and Arc. Ifeanyi Odedo, the national president of FGBMFI, to win some souls into the Kingdom of God. May God bless all of us”, he remarked.
Thereafter, he congratulated the celebrant on behalf of himself and his wife, Lady Joan Atueyi, wishing him a very happy 70th birthday anniversary, while he prayed for long, prosperous and productive life for him.
The Vice-Chancellor, Chrisland Univerisity, Prof. Chinedum Babalola also sent her heartfelt greetings to Mazi, attesting to the huge impacts of his wonderful life filled with God’s goodness and mercy.”Happy birthday to you Uncle Sam. Your life of impact is amazing and we join you to praise God. May you continue to be blessed and be a blessing”, she remarked.
Pharm. (Mrs) Clare Omatseye, managing director, JNC International Limited (JNCI) also sent in her tribute to Mazi thus: “My big brother, Mazi, wishing you a truly amazing and memorable happy 70th Birthday. I pray that God continues to guide, bless and protect you and take you to even greater heights. May your godly divine inspiration and wisdom continue to be yours as you impact leadership, humanity and governance. Thank you for always giving yourself to serve and lead others. We all look forward to reading your new book “Wired to Lead”. A very befitting title for a man of your many laurels. God bless you always warm wishes”.
Earlier before the encomiums started pouring in, Mazi had given a download of his life before and after he had an encounter with Jesus Christ, which he described as a turning point in his life. He recounted how he used to stay back in the office after working hours to club with friends, how he hated everything about Christianity as he used to turn down his wife’s persuasion to know Christ and everything that related to Christ, up to gospel music.
But after he gave his life to his Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, he said all things became new in all spheres of his life, and he began to enjoy the unlimited blessings of the Lord even in his career.
Ohuabunwa then invited his guests to give their lives to Christ, as all he has got and become today is only attributed to Him and no other.