President Muhammadu Buhari has sent warm felicitations to the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 67th birthday, scheduled for March 29.
Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, described Tinubu as one of the strong pillars of Nigeria’s democracy.
He joined the APC family in celebrating the Asiwaju of Lagos, who is also the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, for his selflessness in serving his country, and making life better for many.
The President recalled some of the sacrifices of the party chieftain to include standing up against injustice in 1993 when the June 12 elections were annulled, which led to his going on political exile for many years, and a protracted legal battle with the federal government when funds for Lagos were withheld.
President Buhari affirmed that Tinubu’s uncompromising posture in the face of injustice and refusal to follow the path of least resistance for personal gains stand him out today as a rare breed and one of the cornerstones of Nigeria’s democracy, especially with his track record of persistence, consistency and effective leadership.
As the father of modern Lagos State, the President commended the visionary and inclusive leadership style that he provided for the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria for eight years, laying the foundation for a modern and technologically-driven city, and ensuring that every successive leader in the state sticks with the master plan of a greater Lagos.
President Buhari said he rejoiced with family members, friends, political and business associates of Tinubu on this auspicious milestone, which is further brightened with the many successes recorded at the recently concluded polls by his strong leadership.
The President said he believed the best years of the APC national leader are still ahead, praying that the almighty God will grant him longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country he loves so much.