President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the Nollywood family and media industry in congratulating ace entertainer, presenter and comedian, Jimmy Johnson aka Okoro, who turns 77 years on January 11, 2017.
Buhari, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, extolled the exceptional talent, skills and versatility of the veteran actor.
He said that his sterling performances in the Village Headmaster, the Citizens and other soap operas, earned him reputation and recognition at both national and international levels.
The statement reads: “As one of the pioneers of TV drama in Nigeria and a respected thespian, the President believes the septuagenarian’s contribution to the movie industry, which ranks second in the world, remains indelible, especially as the actors now play major roles in national and global development.
“President Buhari commends Johnson for the sacrifice, patriotism and loyalty to his country and his calling, starting out early on stage and the screen when rewards were very minimal, but pursuing his career with relentless passion and vigor.” It added
The President prayed that the almighty God will grant Johnson longer life, good health and the strength to keep serving.