@ 76 “Buhari is deeply honest”-Babangida
London, Dec 17 2018 (AltAfrica)-“I wish to congratulate you for all the achievements you have recorded in your lifetime and particularly for your humility, deep sense of honesty and faith you have shown in the various aspects of governance, politics and democracy as our President.”
With such a rare word on serving leaders, a former Nigerian military ruler, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida sets the tone for goodwill wishes and felicitation as Nigeria’s president Muhammed Buhari clocks 76 years.
Babangida in a statement on Sunday acknowledged that the man he toppled in a coup d’etat in 1985 has remained focused and shown tremendous energy and vibrancy in running the affairs of Nigeria since 2015.
Babangida also acknowledged Buhari’s patriotism and commitment to serve the nation diligently with honesty and sincerity of purpose.
Babangida noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has been “an excellent role model to many young aspiring politicians and even to the not-so-young, because of the way and manner you have managed to sustain the survival of our country as an indivisible one nation albeit in the face of many daunting diversions.”
“You achieved great success in the fight against corruption, terrorism and other forms of insecurity in addition to getting our country out of economic recession.
“I wish to congratulate you for all the achievements you have recorded in your lifetime and particularly for your humility, deep sense of honesty and faith you have shown in the various aspects of governance, politics and democracy as our President.”
” As we get over our mid-seventies, we can say with all sense of modesty that we should celebrate every birthday anniversary with prayers in order for us to thank Allah for all the blessings and the bounties He showered upon us.
“It is only fair that we pause and reflect in our own different ways on all the life’s challenges we face day by day and the positive strides we have been blessed to attain.”
“ A typical day in the life of a Nigerian President requires faith, poise, patience, tenacity, experience, strategic thinking and quality character for one to get through it.”
“I join the first lady, Aisha and all your children and grandchildren in wishing you many happy returns of your birthday.
Students have also joined Nigerian leaders to felicitate with President Muhammadu Buhari who celebrates his 76th birthday on Monday.
The National Association of Nigerian Students’ (NANS) National Public Relations Officer, Mr Bestman Okereafor, issued a birthday message on Sunday in Enugu.
“The national secretariat of NANS joins the World, ECOWAS and Progressive minded Nigerians in wishing our beloved President and ECOWAS Chairman, Muhammadu Buhari, a happy 76th birthday.
“Mr President, no doubt, has consistently displayed an unrivaled commitment to a better Africa and Nigeria.
“Nigerian students both home and in Diaspora are sincerely praying that God upholds, strengthen and preserve you, Mr President.
“We also pray that God help you lead this country in the right direction of progress, peace and prosperity for all,’’ he said.
Okereafor, however, said that NANS was also calling on Buhari to consider a cabinet reshuffle.
“There is a need to bring on board young, fresh and capable hands into your cabinet to man critical and growing areas especially in some sectors of the nation’s economy,’’ he added.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo and Rep. Umar Bago have called for prayers to support the president’s resilience in nation building.
Akeredolu sought the support and prayers of Nigerians for Buhari to enable him serve the country better.
In statement by Mr. Olusegun Ajiboye, his Chief Press Secretary, Akeredolu
joined millions of Nigerians to congratulate Buhari on his birthday.
Akeredolu also congratulated Nigerians for having Buhari as their president at this difficult time.
He expressed confidence that the president was celebrating his 76th birthday with calmness, love and robust service to his fatherland.