President Muhammadu Buhari has described Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, as a “rare breed and one of the cornerstones of Nigeria’s democracy, especially with his track record of persistence, consistency and effective leadership.”
Naija News reports that the President made this comment in his birthday message to the APC National Leader, who will turn 67 on Friday, March 29.
In the statement which was issued by Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser Media & Publicity, President Buhari joined the APC family in celebrating the Asiwaju of Lagos, who is also the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, for his selflessness in serving his country, and making life better for many.
President Buhari recalled some of the sacrifices of the party chieftain to include standing up against injustice in 1993 when the June 12 elections were 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.
The President affirmed that Tinubu’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 the father of modern Lagos State, President Buhari commended 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 President rejoiced with family members, friends, political and business associates of the Jagaban on this auspicious milestone, which is further brightened with the many successes recorded at the recently concluded polls by his strong leadership.
President Buhari said he 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.