Many Nigerians have extolled President Muhammadu Buhari as he marked his 80th birthday, today, Saturday, December 17, 2022.
Among prominent Nigerians who have congratulated the president on his 80th birthday include former president Goodluck Jonathan, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, among others.
In a goodwill message he personally signed, Jonathan noted that President Buhari has had an exceptional opportunity of leading the country twice, both as a military Head of State and civilian President, and prayed for God’s guidance and protection as he pilots the affairs of the nation in the remaining months of his administration.
The former President stated: “I am delighted to felicitate you on the occasion of your 80th birthday. I join your family, friends, and other well-wishers to thank God for the gift of life and the strength to pilot the affairs of this nation for the past seven and a half years.
“As a leader, you are one of the few Nigerians who have been privileged to administer our country at different political eras; both as a military Head of State and civilian president. During these times, you have offered your best efforts in the pursuit of your aspirations for the nation.
“As you celebrate, I wish you the strength, peace and God’s guidance in the remaining months of your administration and even beyond. On behalf of my family, I wish you a happy birthday.”
Atiku, in his goodwill message, said Buhari at 80, “continues to be a motivation for inner strength.”
The PDP presidential flag-bearer prays for President Buhari “to continue to enjoy the grace of good health and vitality, as he continues to play his leadership roles in Nigeria and Africa.”
Tinubu: Buhari, a Patriot, Selfless, Steadfast Leader
The APC Presidential Candidate, Tinubu, hailed the president for “his commitment to nation-building and long years of patriotic service to the country.”
In the statement from his Media Office, signed by Mr. Tunde Rahman, Tinubu further described Buhari as “a patriot, selfless and steadfast leader of uncommon zeal,” and noted that Buhari enlisted himself into the service of the country as a teenager who joined the military immediately after secondary school.
Tinubu said: “At 80, President Buhari can look back and be proud of his unblemished record of service to the nation throughout his military career as a soldier, platoon commander, General Officer Commanding, Military Governor, Minister of Petroleum, Head of State, Chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund and as the current leader of the country.
“I heartily congratulate my president and my leader, Muhammadu Buhari, on the momentous and remarkable occasion of his 80th birthday. An officer and a gentleman, President Buhari has been a selfless and steadfast leader and a patriot with uncommon zeal who has dedicated almost his entire life to the service of Nigeria.
“Our country is lucky to have this great man and dedicated public servant at this time. President Buhari has led an extraordinary life of service to Nigeria at every duty post with unassailable integrity. History will be kind to him and record his contributions to the progress, unity and stability of Nigeria in volumes.
“As a people, we are truly blessed to have a president who sees no higher honour than the opportunity to serve his people, a responsibility he has always carried with utmost dedication.
“We are proud that at age 80, this noble man, an officer and a gentleman is still rendering his service, recording tremendous achievements, the country making remarkable progress under his leadership, and his steady hands gradually guiding the country to the Promised Land. On behalf of our great party, APC, and my family, I join the family, friends, associates and all well-wishers of President Buhari to wish him happy birthday and many happy returns of the day in good health.”
Lawan: Millions of Nigerians Inspired By Buhari’s Story
The President of the Senate, in a statement he also personally signed, extolled the leadership virtues of President Buhari, while joining “the generality of Nigerians and Buhari’s admirers across the world in rejoicing with his family over his reaching this milestone in good health.”
Lawan said: “Your Excellency, millions of Nigerians are inspired by your life story and legacy of service to our dear and great country. As a soldier, military Head of State and democratically elected President, you consistently fought for the unity, development and progress of Nigeria.
“As we approach the end of your tenure on 29th May 2023, you can rest assured that millions of Nigerians across our vast country genuinely appreciate your achievements in nation-building and in strengthening the guardrails of democracy in Nigeria.
“The record of your administration in infrastructural development across the nation is unrivaled and will continue to speak for your stewardship long after your retirement. Your Excellency, once again, I wish you a happy birthday celebration and many more years in good health and happiness.”
Buhari @ 80: The President Has Shown It’s Possible To Serve Honestly, Says Osinbajo
In a personally signed statement, the Vice President wrote: “Happy 80th Birthday, Mr. President!
“Your extraordinary life of unblemished service to the nation in the army, as a Governor, Minister, Military Head of State and as two-term Civilian President demonstrates that it is possible to serve the nation and our people honestly, forthrightly and selflessly.
“Dolly and I, and the family wish you many more happy years in peace and good health in Jesus’ name. Amen”