President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu on his 67th birthday.
Mr Buhari, in a statement signed by a presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, extolled the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom for his selflessness in serving his country, and making life better for many.
According to him, Mr Tinubu is one of the strong pillars of Nigeria’s democracy.
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.
According to him, that led to Mr Tinubu’s going on political exile for many years, and a protracted legal battle with the Nigerian Government when funds for Lagos were withheld.
President Buhari affirmed that Asiwaju’s uncompromising posture in the face of injustice and refusal to follow the path of least resistance for personal gains stand him out.
“He is a rare breed and one of the cornerstones of Nigeria’s democracy, especially with his track record of persistence, consistency and effective leadership,” he said.
He further stated that as the father of modern Lagos State, Mr Tinubu be commended for the visionary and inclusive leadership style he provided for the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria for eight years.
He highlighted that the Aiwaju laid the foundation for a modern and technologically driven city, while ensuring that every successive leader in the state sticks with the masterplan of a greater Lagos.
“President Buhari rejoices with family members, friends, political and business associates of the Jagaban on this auspicious milestone, which is further brightened with the many successes recorded at the recently concluded polls by his strong leadership.
“The President believes 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,” the statement said.