Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his 67th birthday.
Buhari described Tinubu as one of the strong pillars of Nigerian democracy.
The president affirmed that Asiwaju’s uncompromising posture, in the face of injustice, and refusal to follow the path of least resistance for personal gains, “stands 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.”
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement, yesterday, said Buhari recalled some of Tinubu’s sacrifices to include standing up against injustice in 1993, when the June 12 presidential election was 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.
Buhari said 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.”
As the father of modern Lagos, the president commended the visionary and inclusive leadership style that Tinubu 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.”