President Muhammadu Buhari has joined all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in greeting the first interim chairman of the party and former governor of Osun State, Chief Abdukareem Adebisi Akande on his 80th birthday.
The President in a statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina congratulated Chief Akande, his family and friends for the laudable achievements over the years, which threw him into the limelight at an early age, particularly highlighting his sacrifices in public service at both state and national levels.
As the first interim chairman of the APC, President Buhari affirmed that the former governor’s pivotal and visionary leadership prepared the party for history in 2015, which saw it unseating an incumbent president for the first time in an election in Nigeria.
President Buhari extolled Chief Akande’s loyalty and faithfulness to the party and the cause of building a strong and unified nation, as he consistently challenges governments and leaders to higher ideals, and reminds them to think out of the box in meeting the needs of the poor and vulnerable.
The President believes that the octogenarian’s good-nature, large heart and broad outlook on issues have impacted positively on party politics and democracy in Nigeria, praying that God will grant him longer life, strength and wisdom to serve more.
JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH ABUJA