By Deji Elumoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with a former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, as he marks his 60th birthday on September 30, 2021.
The president, in a release issued on Wednesday by his Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, joined family and friends to rejoice with the political leader, whose antecedents continue to inspire hope in a new generation of leaders.
President Buhari affirmed that the leadership strides of the former governor reverberated across the country, with innovative and creative strategies of development that placed Nigeria on the spotlight for rapid urban development, agriculture, industrialization, hospitality and tourism.
The president believed Duke, who was elected governor in his 30s, in 1999, provided a visionary and focused style of leadership that showcased the potentials in Nigerian youths, projecting the loyalty, dedication and sense of patriotism that heralded nationalist movements and consolidated the country’s unity.
He also noted the maturity and measured disposition of the former governor, even in opposition for many years, working diligently to promote peace, good governance and virility of democratic institutions that will benefit the country.
President Buhari therefore prayed for his good health and the welfare of his family.