A 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.
President Buhari turned 75 on Sunday.
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.
A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has also, in a Facebook message, congratulated the president.
“Happy 75th birthday, President Muhammadu Buhari. Many happy returns,” he wrote.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in a statement he personally signed also congratulated the president.
Mr. Dogara praised Mr. Buhari for his uncompromising stance and relentless commitment in introducing deft policies aimed at achieving full economic recovery and growth.
He described the president as a visionary and prudent leader who carved a niche for himself as military Head of State and has brought to bear his long standing pedigree as an ‘incorruptible leader’ in the discharge of his duties as a civilian president.
“On behalf of the leadership and entire membership of the House of Representatives, I wish to join the good people of Nigeria and numerous well-wishers across the globe in wishing Mr. President a happy Birthday, while praying that God continues to keep you in good health and bless you with more fruitful and prosperous years of service to the people and the nation,” Mr. Dogara said.
Also, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in a statement by Moses Olafare, the director of media and public affairs at the Ooni’s palace, described President Buhari as an incorruptible leader driven by uncommon discipline.
The royal father eulogised Mr. Buhari as a living extraordinary Nigerian leader globally known for relentlessly dedicated selfless service towards making Nigeria a better place to live in.
“The Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II extends the warmest wishes of House of Oduduwa to His Excellency, President Mamadu Buhari as he today gloriously clocks 75th years of age.
Mr President is in no doubt an internationally respected Nigerian leader with a heart of gold who has worked tirelessly to ensure a better society with his unwavering message of justice, compassion, peace and human dignity which has made him an inspiration to people around the world.”
Similarly, The Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, congratulated Mr. Buhari describing him as a catalyst for Nigeria’s development.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, Mr. Umahi commended the president for his policies and programmes.
He described President Buhari’s new age as a sign of blessing from God; adding that at 75, Mr. Buhari has shown uncommon commitment towards developing the nation and uniting her diverse ethnic nationalities under one indivisible entity.
The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, eulogised Mr. Buhari for his patriotic and unrelenting service to the nation.
“In the past 75 years of a life of outstanding accomplishment and great personal fulfilment, you are currently serving our nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication.
“On the auspicious occasion of your 75th birthday anniversary, I join your family, friends, well-wishers and Nigerians to thank Almighty God for your life which has been marked by outstanding accomplishments and enduring fulfilment,”
Also, Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, through his Chief Press Secretary, Musa Elayo, described Mr. Buhari as a man of uncommon credibility and integrity.
He said the achievements recorded so far by the president are clear indication of his vision for a better Nigeria and therefore called on Nigerians to be patient with him.
The governor reiterated his unalloyed loyalty and faith in the president’s change agenda and wished the president abundant wisdom, strength, courage.
The All Progressives Congress has also in a statement signed by its National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, felicitated with Mr. Buhari.
Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said, “We attest that under his leadership, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is building a new Nigeria for our progress, peace, unity and prosperity; restoring our country to its deserved standing among the comity of progressive nations; fighting corruption and repairing our value system; diversifying our economic revenue base, creating jobs and economic opportunities for Nigerians; bringing succour to the insurgency-ravaged North-east; reforming the oil, defence, pensions, and other critical sectors and creating a world-class transport system, among others.
“Our great party wishes the president many more happy, healthy and rewarding years of service to the nation and party.”