President Muhammadu Buhari has formally welcomed former Nigeria Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to the club of 70s, having clocked 70 years tomorrow, November 25.
In a letter he personally signed, President Buhari said he was delighted to welcome Atiku Abubakar “to the 70s club,” and prayed that Allah would grant him “many more years of good health and service to Nigeria.”
The President added: “Over the years, I have admired your courage and doggedness in defending your interests and your generosity in promoting education. The American University in Yola is one of your noble legacies, and my hope and wish is that it will endure.”
President Buhari said that both himself and the former Vice President should be grateful to Allah, who has granted them grace to be in the 70s club, and sends “kind personal regards.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) also congratulated Atiku, one of its chieftains, and said that Nigeria’s history will be incomplete without reference to the former Vice President’s contributions to the social, political and economic development of the country.
The APC Assistant Director of Publicity, Mr. Edegbe Odemwinge, in a statement today, Thursday, applauded Atiku for his solid contributions to the growth of the APC and for entrenching democracy in the country.
“Our great party, the APC celebrates with your Excellency on the occasion of your 70th birthday. Over the years, you have proven yourself as a democrat, detribalized leader, elder statesman, successful businessman, political icon and philanthropist.”
Odemwinge, who issued the statement on behalf of the National chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said that the party particularly commends Atiku’s investment in the country’s education sector and other business ventures.
According to him, the investments had touched lives positively and generated employment for many Nigerians.
Oyegun added that the APC attest to Akitu’s solid contributions to its growth and wished him many more happy, healthy and fulfilled years of service to the party and country. [myad]