President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, felicitated with the pioneer Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, as he marks his 82nd birthday.

His congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari greets Bisi Akande at 82, describes him as big, strong pillar of democracy’.

Shehu quoted Buhari as describing the former Osun State governor as “one of the biggest and strongest pillars of democracy in the country”.

He further quoted the President as saying that “Chief Akande is committed to service of the country and welfare of all citizens.

“The party he helped to form and lead as the pioneer chairman has benefited tremendously, and continues to benefit from his astute leadership, wisdom and strong democratic convictions.”

Buhari prayed for Akande’s good health and long life so that the elder statesman will continue to be useful to his fatherland and humanity.

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