- President Muhammadu Buhari warmly congratulates elder statesman, Chief Bisi Akande as he turns 78 today, January 16
- Akande is the founding Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- Buhari hails Akande as one of the pillars of the APC
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated elder statesman, Chief Bisi Akande as he turns 78 today, January 16.
In a statement sent to journalists by the president's special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adeshina, President Buhari hailed Akande as one of the pillars of the ruling APC.
President Buhari said Chief Akande's wisdom, sacrifices, patriotism and commitment to the unity and development of Nigeria will always be remembered by posterity.
''President Buhari affirms that Chief Akande's present role in the APC as a strong, visionary leader, a reconciling voice, strategist and stabilizer has paid up substantially in the enormous challenge of healing the ruling party, and the country.
''The President extols the passionate and relentless efforts of the statesman in ensuring the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria, and sustenance of the rule of law.
''He prays that the almighty God will grant Chief Akande longer life, more strength and wisdom to continue serving the country he loves, and humanity,'' the statement said.
Akande's last public outing was the reconciliation meeting of APC Southwest chieftains on Thursday, January 12, held in Oyo state.