Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor, has described Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi as a “music maestro” who used his gift to “spread joy across the country”.


The legendary musician, popularly known as ‘chief commander’, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday, April 3.

In a statement signed on Saturday by Gboyega Akosila, his chief press secretary, the Lagos governor said Obey has been galvanising humanity for over five decades through his music.

He said: “On behalf of my wife, Ibijoke, and the good people of Lagos State, I join your family, friends, associates and fans to congratulate you (Evangelist Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi) on your 80th birthday celebration.


“You are an elder statesman, a music maestro of our generation, an evangelist and a man that has used music as a tool to spread joy across sections in our country, bringing all of us together for common good.

“You are an apostle of God and a man that is also using music as a means of evangelism. We want to thank God for the grace upon your life and for using music as a tool for a good cause in our society.

“I wish you all the very best on your 80th birthday. We thank God for your life. We thank God for your health. We thank God for who you are because for over five decades, you have used your music and intellect very well to galvanise humanity and mankind.”


The juju musician is best known for songs like ‘The Horse, The Man & The Son’, ‘Edumare Soro Mi Dayo’, ‘Olomi Gbo Temi’, among others.

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