President Muhammadu Buhari has formally acknowledged former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a major factor in his defeat of immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2015 presidential election.
In a congratulatory message on Tuesday to Tinubu on his 65th birthday, Buhari said that Tinubu’s “foray into politics ushered in a better understanding of building consensus to achieve historical feats, like unseating an incumbent government.”
Buhari, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, joined members of the APC, political and business associates of Tinubu, his friends and family, in celebrating another milestone “in the life of the great leader…”
The President said that Tinubu raised the bar for many political leaders across the country as a two-term governor of Lagos State, and also bequeathed a style of leadership that completely altered the landscape of the commercial capital.
Recalling his pleasant and intellectually enriching encounters with the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom over the years, the President re-affirmed that Nigeria has benefitted a lot from the personal sacrifices, political experience and intellectual foresight of Tinubu, and still stands to gain more.
“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant the Asiwaju good health, longer life and more wisdom to serve his country and humanity,” Adesina said.
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