Veteran columnist, Sam Omatseye is a personification of the popular saying about the pen being mightier than the sword, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said.
In a felicitation message to mark the 60th birthday of Omatseye on June 15, Senator Omo-Agege also described him as a good friend with whom he has come a long way.
The ace columnist is also the Chairman of The Nation Newspapers’ Editorial Board.
“My friendship with Sam has come a really long way. Like many have written about him, his commitment to progressive national ethos amid the challenges besetting our nation is writ large in his poetry, essays and columns over the years.
“I may not necessarily agree to everything he writes, but I must admit that Sam has always been a master at putting pen to paper in the expression of very thoughtful perspectives that provoke deep thoughts.
“Since his days at the now-defunct Concord newspapers, he has never shied away from registering a unique presence within the daily swirl of public discourse.
“Now, as he joins the sexagenarian club which various African cultures accord high esteem and respect, I felicitate with my dear friend, Sam Omatseye.
“I also wish him a long, happy and fulfilling life as he moves on to a higher pedestal in age and impactfulness of his journalism career,” Senator Omo-Agege said.