The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Yahaya Bello of Ogun and Kogi states respectively, have congratulated the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who clocks 60 on Wednesday (today).
They extolled Osinbajo’s leadership qualities and achievements in separate statements they issued on Tuesday.
Saraki, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, wished Osinbajo “good health, great wisdom and enduring grace to serve the nation and humanity.”
While felicitating with Osinbajo, Amosun, in a statement said, “Today, as always, we celebrate the grace of God on you and your family. Your selfless service to humanity and the nation at large as well as the many achievements you have recorded in both personal and public life, are some of the reasons we cannot but celebrate you on this occasion of your birthday.”
Dogara described Osinbajo as exhibiting “exceptional humility and patriotism in the short period he has held the mantle of leadership in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
In a congratulatory message to Osinbajo in Abuja on Tuesday, the Speaker observed that Osinbajo’s experience had helped in the gradual recovery of the country’s economy from recession.
“You have brought your vast knowledge, experience and worthy ideals to bear in the discharge of the functions of your high political office as the Vice-President and number two citizen of the country.
“It is therefore no surprise that you have been able to continue leading the country on the path of economic recovery and growth through constructive engagement and partnership with relevant stakeholders even in the temporary absence of Mr. President,” Dogara was quoted in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan.
In a statement he personally signed, Bello described Osinbajo as “an ebullient administrator and example of loyalty and excellence.”
He said, “Today, I and the people of Kogi State, join millions of Nigerians and your admirers around the world to applaud your inestimable contributions to the development of our dear nation and humanity.”
“You have been able to meet the high integrity standard of our President, the father of our great nation, which is testament of your track record as a disciplined, hardworking and patriotic Nigerian. You have set standards for us to follow.”
Also Ekweremadu, in a congratulatory message, described Osinbajo as “an erudite scholar with humble dispositions.”