Buhari speaks on 76th birthday

Buhari speaks on 76th birthday
Buhari cutting a cake

President Muhammadau Buhari on Monday spoke on his 76th birthday, calling on Nigerians to join him in the task of taking Nigeria to a greater height.

This is as he said he remained committed to the task of moving the country forward.

While giving thanks to Nigeria for rejoicing with him on the occasion of his 76th birthday, he expressed his belief that “Life is better lived together in peace, unity and prosperity.”

The statement to Nigerians which he personally signed reads:  “It’s been my joy and honour to serve our country, Nigeria, for most of my life.

“As I turned 76 today, I am deeply grateful for all the prayers, goodwill messages and encouragement from Nigerians and friends, at home and abroad.

“Life is better lived together in peace, unity and prosperity.

“In all, I give glory to almighty Allah for mercies, and thanks to Nigerians for counting me worthy to serve them. It is something I have rededicated myself to, and will do to the very best of my ability.

“Nigeria has all the potentials for greatness. Our greatness as individuals will only derive from Nigeria’s greatness. So, on this special day, I commit myself again to the task of taking our country to greater heights, and invite you to partner with me in that worthy cause.”

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping has felicitated with Buhari on his 76th birthday.

A letter signed by the Chinese leader wished President Buhari ‘‘good health and great success’’ in his endeavours.

‘‘At this special occasion of Your Excellency’s birthday, I would like to extend to you my warmest congratulations and best wishes.

‘‘I highly value the China-Nigeria relations. I would like to join efforts with you, through implementing the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, to further elevate the China-Nigeria strategic partnership to a new level, for the well-being of the two countries and the two peoples,’’ President Xi wrote.