Music veteran and evangelist, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, is about to celebrate his eightieth birthday in the best way he knows how by releasing an eight-track album.
Talk to Sunday spoon of his birthday plans, he said, “To clock 80 is by the grace of God. God, who accompanied me from the first day to the age of 80, is the one to whom I will dedicate the rest of my life.
“Whatever remains in the hands of God will be taken care of. I have a six-track album coming out tomorrow (April 3). The songs are about thanksgiving. We need God’s intervention to help us overcome the bad things happening in Nigeria. Only God can bring peace to the country.
“We need all Nigerians to work together to bring peace to Nigeria. We just have to call on ourselves. I think Nigeria will be better.
Meanwhile, the accolades continued to roll in for the singer affectionately known as “Chief Commander.”
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired), has urged the younger generation to borrow a leaf from the musician, whose music has garnered national and international recognition and adulation.
A statement titled “President Buhari salutes Evangelist Ebenezer Obey at 80” and released by Buhari’s assistant, Femi Adesina, said Obey’s music has been a blessing.
It said in part: “He used his music to champion government programs such as: #Change of Lane in 1972 (Keep Right), Change to the Naira (Naira/Kobo) and Operation Feed the Nation among others.
The president added that the musician and preacher had sung in virtually every field of human endeavour, with countless gold records and platinum records to his credit, earning him the prestigious MP award for the Federal Republic in 2001.
The President noted that on July 7, 2014, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State conferred Obey with the status of Professor of Music, as a visiting lecturer in the Department of English and Performing Arts of the University.
President Buhari has urged the younger generation to borrow a leaf from the musician, who was officially ordained to the ministry on his fiftieth birthday on April 3, 1992.
Buhari wished President of Ebenezer Obey Evangelistic Ministries a longer life, good health and more service to God and humanity.
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