Nigerians have been felicitating with President Muhammadu Buhari as he clocked 75 years on Sunday, Dec. 17.
To mark his 75th birthday, top government officials including Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, his wife, Aisha and some state governors felicitated with him in the presidential villa.
Some state governors, including Abudulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), and Rauf Aregbosola (Osun) were among the dignitaries present at the Presidential Villa to mark the day with the President.
Overwhelmed by the kindness Nigerians have shown him, especially concerning his health, President Buhari expressed delight over his improved health condition.
“Across the country, people who are praying – whether Muslims, or Christians, or whatever they are; I was overwhelmed by the kindness from Nigerians that they are really bothered about my health,” he said.
In his goodwill message, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo described President Buhari as a dependable leader. He also said the President’s commitment to Nigeria has continued to serve as an example to him and to the country.
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, wished President Buhari the blessings of the Almighty and continued wisdom and grace to celebrate another year.
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, described President Buhari as an elder statesman, who had continued to pay his dues in service to the nation.
In a goodwill message by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, the deputy Senate President expressed gratitude to God for restoring the President’s health and urged Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for the President as he continues to pilot the affairs of the nation.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, also congratulated the President on his birthday and for the global respect and recognition Nigeria has received.
He said the country is steading regaining its past glory as well as winning the confidence of local and foreign investors since the inception of the Buhari administration in 2015.
Mr Dogara commended the President’s anti-corruption war and his relentless effort in tackling the issues of insecurity and unemployment through various reforms and interventions.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State described President Muhammadu Buhari as a man of God sent to save Nigeria from collapse.
According to the Governor, Buhari became president at a time when the country was on the verge “of being grounded”. In a statement issued by Sam Onwuemeodo, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Okorocha said:
“President Buhari is the man God had used to save the country from total collapse.
“At the time Buhari became president, the nation was on the verge of being grounded unknown to some people and then thanked God for his grace upon the land, called Nigeria.
“In 2019 the votes the president will get for his second tenure will be two times more than the votes he got in 2015 because most Nigerians have come to appreciate the necessity of his coming and what he is doing with the office.
“In 2019 too, most of the political parties will not sponsor presidential candidates including some of the big parties to enable them to support Buhari presidency, and to enable the President to finish the good works he has begun and also lay a very solid foundation for those coming after him.”
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, in a birthday goodwill message, described President Muhammadu Buhari as a statesman whose unique experience of leading Nigeria at different times, has earned him a special place in history.
In a statement issued by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, Mr. Jonathan prayed God to grant the president good health to continue to pilot the affairs of Nigeria.
“Your Excellency, you are a man of destiny whose place in history as Nigeria’s leader, at different epochs in our nation’s development journey, is guaranteed.
“I pray that God Almighty that has kept you alive and healthy will continue to protect and strengthen you as you lend your efforts to the bid to realize our collective dreams for a greater and more prosperous nation,” the president said.
Similarly, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in a Facebook message, congratulated the president.
“Happy 75th birthday, President Muhammadu Buhari. Many happy returns,” he wrote.
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Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose shunned his political variation with President Buhari to congratulate him on his 75th birthday.
The governor commended the progress made so far by the President in moving Nigeria forward, saying he believes he would do more in good health.
He also called on Nigerians to support President Buhari and prayed that God spares his life for the country.