- Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna is getting a lot of accolades on his 60th birthday
- The APC national leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has described the governor as a man of unrelenting zeal
- Tinubu also referred to el-Rufai as someone who will never give up in his quest to tackle challenges
The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has congratulated Governor el-Rufai as he turns 60 years old.
Tinubu said that el-Rufai's zeal and willingness to serve has remained undying and unquestionable, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The former governor of Lagos described the celebrant as a public servant who is never tired of confronting challenges in different capacities.
He said: “Whether as Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises, minister of the federal Capital Territory or governor of Kaduna state, El-Rufai served to the best of his abilities with unquestionable zeal and energy."
Tinubu, in his prayer, wished the Kaduna governor more years and strength for service to the state and nation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had sent a congratulatory message to el-Rufai as he prepared to celebrate his 60th birthday on Sunday, February 16.
The messages were posted on Twitter on Saturday, February 15, through President Buhari's media aide, Garba Shehu.
The president commended el-Rufai for his insight and wisdom to lead people to achieve greatness at various levels, adding that the governor's efforts were instrumental to the victory of the APC in the 2015 presidential election.
In his message, President Buhari said that although the governor's entry into public service was accidental, his contributions so far to the growth of the nation have been well-thought-of and strategic.
Nigeria's president prayed for more good health and wisdom as he continues to lead the state to greater positive heights.
el Rufai had said that around 10 people had shown interest to succeed him come 2023 after the expiration of his tenure. He made this known just after he denied the rumour that he had handpicked one of those who were coveting the highest executive post.
The governor, during a phone-in programme on Friday night, January 10, said that only God gives power to whoever he chose.
el Rufai said that it was everybody’s constitutional right to aspire towards the post, it was quite early to start having that ambition, as he had just spent a year.
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