Jonathan, Fayose Congratulate Buhari At 75
Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Ayodele Fayose have felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari on his 75th birthday.
Jonathan, in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja, on Saturday, described Buhari as a statesman whose rare experience of leading Nigeria at different times has earned him a special place in history.
The statement read, “I wish to most sincerely congratulate you on your 75th birthday. My family and I are pleased to join your numerous well wishers to felicitate with you as you mark this day.“Your Excellency, you are a statesman whose place in history as Nigeria’s leader, at different epochs in our nation’s development journey, is guaranteed.
"I pray that God Almighty that has kept you alive and healthy will continue to protect and strengthen you as you lend your efforts to the bid to realize our collective dreams for a greater and more prosperous nation.
Fayose, congratulated President Buhari on the occasion of his 75th birthday, urging the President to quit when the ovation is loudest.
In an interaction with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, the governor said the president had served the nation as far as he could with his advanced age.
In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said the President Required the prayers of all Nigerians.
“This is to congratulate Mr President as he clocks 75. I want to thank God for his life and pray for good health in the service of our nation and that he continues to age with grace.
I wish him the best. He represents us all and we owe him prayers and cooperation where necessary, just as we also need to criticise him too where necessary,” he said.
Asked what he would tell the President if he sees him on his birthday, Fayose said he would congratulate him, not minding the political differences between them.
Asked what would be his advice to the president on his rumoured second term bid, Fayose noted that it would be honourable for the President to call it quit now.
“I am not a fan of an old man and this is not personal and peculiar to President Buhari. We need an agile president come 2019. We need somebody that is experienced and agile. He shouldn’t contest and the decision is his and his party. But that is not going to stop me and my party from taking over from him and his party come 2019,” he added.