It’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s special day! And folks on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms made a big noise about the president turning 76 on Monday.
The social media platform was flooded with uplifting and positive messages as celebrities, journalists, political leaders, sports stars, activists and countless others wished him well.
Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo led the way with this sweet message on twitter: ” To a man, who has been exemplary in life and his commitment to Nigeria,To a man who has a great sense of humour,To a man who genuinely loves the Nigerian people and to a man I am privileged to call Boss, Happy 76th Birthday!
” I wish President Buhari happy birthday even as my family and I pray for long life for him. Despite the fact that we will meet at the polls soon, I very much affirm that we are brothers born from the womb of One Nigeria, the presidential candidate of the people’s democratic party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in a tweet.
Nasir Adama on Twitter wrote: Happy birthday Mr President! You are a wonderful leader to the world of yesterday, today,and the future. We thank God for making you the type of person you are today through your thoughtful leadership, great vision, & sincerity. May God bless, guide you with health and long life.
Happy Birthday President Mohammadu Buhari may you finish this year strong in health in Jesus name, wrote Eliashib Ime-James, wrote on Facebook.
Terries Hlongwani said, He can be Nigerian president for life on Facebook.
President Muhammadu Buhari was also treated to a surprise birthday parade by Presidential aides and Presidential Guards Brigade at the forecourt of the a presidential Villa.
This is even as he called on Nigerians to pray for him to be able to work for the benefit of all.
The brief but spectacular ceremony was to mark his 76th birthday.
The ceremony began with the Inspection of quarter guard at the ceremonial gate of the State House, followed by a special rendition that ushered him into the forecourt.
This was then followed by a special performance by the silent drill squad of the Guards Brigade, which included the formation of words PMB @ 76.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari presented on behalf of Presidential aides and the Guards Brigade also made a special presentation.
High point of the event was the cutting of the Birthday cake by the President, who was flanked by Ministers and aides present.
Speaking to State House Correspondents, soon after the event, President Buhari while reacting to the surprise birthday by his aides and guards brigade, said: “Well, I am impressed with it, they have put a lot of time behind it, I thank and appreciate them very much. Nigerians should continue to pray for me and understand my intentions and give me time.”
On what Nigerians should expect going forward, the President said, “We will keep reminding Nigerians about what we have done, how we met the country, what we have been able to do from the time we came in to now with the resources available to us.”
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said it is exciting to share in the President’s joyous day.
The SGF said it was a simple ceremony which included parade and cutting of the cake before he returned to his desk to continue with his schedule for the day.
“In a typical simplistic manner, just a simple military parade and the cutting of the cake because he has got work to together. He has just returned to the office to continue with the day’s proceedings, he came out of an event 2018 National Migration Dialogue and then straight into this. But it is such a joyous and beautiful day to see him strong, healthy, hearty considering the health challenges he went through in the last two years, we cannot wish him any other thing but bountiful health and wisdom to take this country out of the present situation which we find ourselves, a trajectory of prosperity and progress.”
On what Nigerians should expect going forward, Mustapha said, “They should expect a lot. The president is renewed in his spirit, strength and in his resolved and determination to put this country back on the part of greatness, that is his ultimate desire, that every Nigerian young, old, upcoming should be able to see whatever desire they want to achieve in the nation that is so endowed with a lot of wealth, a lot of goodness but have not able to live up to expectations. There will be a lot that will be released in the next couple of days and Mr. President is so strong and determined to hit the road and I can tell you by the time he starts, Nigerians will be able to have a lot to be thankful for.”