Buhari greets Tinubu ahead of 67th birthday

Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent warm greetings to the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, who clocks 67 on Friday.

In a statement on Wednesday by the presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Mr Buhari described Tinubu as the father of modern Lagos.

“As the father of modern Lagos State, the president commends the visionary and inclusive leadership style that the Asiwaju 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 masterplan of a greater Lagos,” the statement said.

Buhari praised the former Lagos State Governor for his resilience in fighting injustice when June 12, 1993 presidential election was annulled.

The president also recalled how Tinubu battled the federal government in court to have funds for Lagos released.

”Mr Buhari affirms 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 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.

“The president believes the best years of the APC National Leader are still ahead, praying that the Almighty God will grant him long life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country he loves so much,” the statement said.