Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has used the occasion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 75th birthday anniversary to advise the President against seeking re-election in 2019.
This was as former president Goodluck Jonathan saluted Buhari on his birthday, describing his successor as a statesman whose place in Nigeria’s history is guaranteed.
A statement issued on Saturday by Jonathan’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze prayed God to grant the President good health to continue to pilot the affairs of the country.
It reads, “I wish to most sincerely congratulate you on your 75th birthday.
“My family and I are pleased to join your numerous well wishers to felicitate with you as you mark this day.
“Your Excellency, you are a statesman whose place in history as Nigeria’s leader, at different epochs in our nation’s development journey, is guaranteed.
“I pray that God Almighty that has kept you alive and healthy will continue to protect and strengthen you as you lend your efforts to the bid to realize our collective dreams for a greater and more prosperous nation. Congratulations.”
On his part, Fayose congratulated and wished Buhari the best on his birthday, but pointed out that Nigeria needs an agile president in 2019.
A statement signed by the Ekiti governor’s chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, reads, “This is to congratulate Mr President as he clocks 75. I want to thank God for his life and pray for good health in the service of our nation and that he continues to age with grace. I wish him the best.
“He represents us all and we owe him prayers and cooperation where necessary, just as we also need to criticise him too where necessary.
“I am not a fan of an old man and this is not personal and peculiar to President Buhari. We need an agile president come 2019.
“We need somebody that is experienced and agile. He shouldn’t contest and the decision is his and his party. But that is not going to stop me and my party from taking over from him and his party come 2019.”