President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has felicitated with the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, on his 67th birthday.
The president, in a statement yesterday by his spokeman, Ajuri Ngelale, shared in this moment of joy and thanksgiving with the Head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (Society for the Support of Islam) and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs.
Tinubu acknowledged the sacrifices and selflessness of the Sultan of Sokoto, who has, since his assumption of office in November 2006, worked for the sustenance of peaceful co-existence in the country, and beyond, personally traveling, intervening, mediating, and chairing meetings on the need for harmony.
The president extolled Sultan’s magnanimity, friendliness, and neighbourly outlook on life, seizing every opportunity to educate citizens on the benefits of amity in the society, while providing platforms for solidifying Nigeria’s unity, such as instituting the Peace Accord for elections as a member of the National Peace Committee.
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Tinubu expressed belief that the wealth of experience of the revered former military officer who served the nation meritoriously will continue to be an asset for the steady progress of the nation with a particular emphasis on bridging religious, ethnic, and cultural divides.
The president prayed for more years of strength, health and wisdom for the sultan.
Also congratulating the sultan, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Abbas Tajudeen, in a statement by his spokesman, Musa Abdullahi Krishi, described him as a father to all and his roles could not be quantified, noting that he “remains a symbol of unity among all tribes and religions.”
He commended the sultan for using his highly-revered religious and traditional office to ensure peace and stability in Nigeria.
He noted that the sultan had undertaken several national and international assignments, the recent being the negotiations with the military rulers in Niger Republic.
He described him as an elder statesman, a bridge-builder and a guiding light to the nation.
Similarly, Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin, in a statement by his spokesman, Ismail Mudashir, felicitated the sultan and described him as an untiring promoter of peace, unity and national cohesion.
Barau said since the sultan ascended the throne in 2006, he had been playing a vital role in the promotion of peace, unity and national cohesion in the country.