- The PDP has felicitated with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on his 78th birthday
- The southwest zone of the opposition urged Buhari to use the occasion of his birthday to seek absolution for his sins
- Its zonal director of media and publicity further accused Buhari of not doing anything for the southwest since he came into power in 2015
Congratulatory messages are now pouring in from across the nation for President Muhammadu Buhari as he celebrates his 78th birthday.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, December 16, felicitated with the septuagenarian asking him to seek forgiveness for the sins he committed against the people of the southwest when he was the military head of state.
The southwest zone of the party in a statement by Lere Olayinka, the zonal director of media and publicity, noted that God kept Buhari alive to attain the age so that he could think about his past misdeeds and do restitution, The Punch reports.
According to PDP, the president should seek forgiveness rather than go out to celebrate his 78th birthday, especially when over 300 children are being held captive.
The party's statement reads:
“He frustrated the progress of the South-West, abandoned the region when he was Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund under late General Sani Abacha and has done nothing for the region since 2015.
“The Metroline project was scrapped by Buhari at a loss of over $78 million to the Lagos tax payers. If Buhari had not cancelled that project, transportation in Lagos would have been better than it is now.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Femi Adesina, a special adviser to President Buhari, has showered a flurry of encomium on his principal as he marks his 78th birthday anniversary.
In a piece released by the president's media adviser on Thursday, December 17, titled "Buhari at 78: If only we knew this president", Adesina described him as "the ramrod straight man from Daura."
Adesina said since the president took over the helms of affairs in 2015, so many people "have chosen to believe the wrong things" about him and have "ossified their minds against the truth."
In a related development, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu congratulated Buhari as he turns 78 on Thursday, December 17.
Tinubu in a congratulatory message described the Nigerian leader as a true patriot who wants the best for Nigeria.
The former Lagos state governor who stated this in a series of tweets shared on his Twitter page noted that the president was determined to find a lasting solution to the challenges facing the county.
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