The Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress, have declared thier confidence in the president-elect Asíwájú Bola Tinubu’s ability to rebuild the nation to an enviable heights, noting that his birthday came after Nigerians have freely and enthusiastically mandated him to lead the country.
Vanguard said, the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu made this disclosure in a message sent to the president-elect on the occasion of his 71st birthday.
According to the statement, “The Progressive Governor’s Forum joins millions of Nigerians and other Well-wishers in congratulating our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President-Elect, on his 71st birthday. We wish you a happy birthday as well as, a multitude more, in the future.
“This year’s birthday is coming shortly after Nigerians have freely and enthusiastically mandated you to lead our country. Your patriotism, nationalism, boldness and courage have been acknowledged by the majority. It is a befitting birthday tribute that you are Nigeria’s next President, and even while you are taking a much needed time to reflect on all that needs to be done, your vision of a Nigeria that shall take its place of pride among the comity of the nation is resonating with all.
“As you celebrate today, we join in praying for a more prosperous future for your good self, the family and indeed our nation.
“We are confident in your ability and also proud of your accomplishments”.
In his reaction, however, Tinubu praised Nigerians for the goodwill showered on him on the occasion of his 71st birthday.
“I received your kind words with great pleasure and was profoundly touched by the depth of your care and support. Above all, I thank God Almighty for the life He has given me, for all the opportunities and doors He has opened to me along the way”, he stated.
He maintained that he has received the greatest birthday gift from Nigerians who elected him as their next president.
“This year in particular, I see this day as one of deep reflection. The spiritual meaning and significance of the holy month of Ramadan matter to me much more than the celebration of any individual milestone.
“Yet, this is my first birthday as the President-elect. A few weeks back, Nigerians gave me the honour of a lifetime. In exactly two months, on the 29th of May, my term in office will begin. It is a rare privilege indeed, and one that I do not take lightly and shall not squander.
“With such a privilege already granted to me, I will not go so far as to suggest I am due any birthday presents this year. I have already been given the greatest gift. A chance to lead and fulfil destiny. An opportunity to champion your aspirations and to bring about the Nigeria of your dreams.
“I will, instead, use this day as an opportunity to reiterate my commitment to the great and important task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the hope of the Nigerian people. I campaigned hard and made important promises. Those promises were not mere words; professed glibly or cynically to win support. They represent a bond that binds me to the task of creating a better Nigeria for the benefit of every Nigerian, whether you voted for me or not. I have prepared for this moment all my life, I will not fail”, he stated.