By Patience Danjuma
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed happiness that his health condition has recorded excellent improvement and thanked Nigerians for their fervent prayers.
The President said this at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the occasion of his 75th birthday.
Though Buhari did not organize any birthday celebration, his aides presented him with a birthday card at his resident in the presidential Villa.
The Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the Permanent Secretary State House, Jalal Arabia led the presidential aides to present a birthday card to him.
The card designed in green and white colours had the President’s photograph with the inscription boldly written, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” embossed on its cover.
After Kyari presented the card that had earlier been signed by all the aides.
Those who joined Kyari included Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi; State Chief of Protocol, Abdullahi Kazaure; Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina; Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, Abba Sarki; Personal Assistant to the President, Tunde Sabiu; the President’s Personal Photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo and the President’s security aides.
Also present to wish President Buhari happy birthday were Service Chiefs led by Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin. The CDS was accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, I.E. Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar.
The President, while expressing appreciation for the visit and birthday wish by his aides, thanked Nigerians for their concern and fervent prayers and also expressed joy for the improvement in his health condition.
Buhari returned to the country on 19th August after spending over 100 days in London on medical vacation.
He had also returned to London after attending the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) in September.
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who is a close ally of the President, also presented him with a birthday card.
Buhari’s grandchildren also joined to celebrate him. One of them, a girl, presented him with a card with the inscription, “We love you grandad. Love from Baby See & Ayush.”
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