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Buhari, Sanwo-Olu congratulate Tinubu on 72nd birthday

Former President Muhammadu Buhari has extended birthday greetings to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 72nd birthday.

Buhari wished the President good health and a long life so the country could benefit from his “excellent leadership.”

This was contained in a statement by the former president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, and made available to newsmen on Thursday.

The President, who turns 72 on Friday, had opted for a low-key birthday celebration.

He attributed this to the challenging times the country is facing.

Buhari commended Tinubu for making “sustained efforts to overcome the many problems of the country,” while wishing him many happy returns of the day.

“My family and I pray to God that you remain healthy and happy and continue to work for the betterment of the country. Happy birthday to you!” the statement concluded.

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has also congratulated Tinubu, describing him as a courageous, audacious, and passionate leader who is committed to the progress, growth, and development of Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement issued on Thursday by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Gboyega Akosile, said Tinubu has provided honest and transparent leadership in Nigeria by taking bold decisions to address challenges militating against the prosperity of Nigeria and Nigerians.

Sanwo-Olu further described the President as a visionary and master strategist.

He said, “On behalf of my family, the government, the people of Lagos State, members of the Governance Advisory Council, leaders, and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, I congratulate our leader, President Bola Tinubu, on the occasion of his 72nd birthday.

“President Tinubu has sacrificed the greater part of his life in the service of our dear State and Nigeria. He contributed to the enthronement of democracy and good governance, serving first as a Senator in the aborted third republic and later as a pro-democracy activist, working tirelessly as a member of the National Democratic Coalition to struggle for the de-annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.

“President Tinubu’s financial wizardry and economic intellect, which he put to good use as the Governor of Lagos State, have taken our dear state to a greater height. Today, Lagos is the pride of Nigeria, occupying an enviable position as the fifth-largest economy in Africa.”

“President Tinubu has made positive impacts in the country through the Renewed Hope agenda of his administration. His unblemished service and track record of impressive achievements in public office have made him a role model for many Nigerians.

“As President Tinubu celebrates his 72nd birthday, it is our prayer that God will grant him more prosperous years in good health and wisdom as he continues to serve our dear nation.”

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