TORRENTS of eulogies poured in on Saturday to celebrate the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai as he clocked sixty. President Muhammadu Buhari lauded him as a change agent whose exemplary style of leadership will continue to inspire younger generations.
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said el-Rufai’s reputation “as a public servant eager to confront challenges is well deserved,” while the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, said the life of the Kaduna governor evinces the importance of vision, focus, tenacity, wisdom and courage in leadership.
El-Rufai’s style’ll continue to inspire youngsters — Buhari
President Buhari in a message commemorating the 60th birthday anniversary of El-Rufai, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, congratulated him for the distinguished services he has rendered to the country so far.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari joins Kaduna State Executive Council and indigenes in celebrating Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, who turns 60 on Sunday, February 16, 2020, congratulating him for distinguished service to the nation.
“President Buhari felicitates with former Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and Minister of Federal Capital Territory, his family and friends, affirming that his zeal to drive change through inclusive leadership and resilient spirit leaves a legacy that continues to attract and inspire younger people across all walks of life.”
Adesina added that the president believes in “his foresight, wisdom and unusual capacity to mobilize people and resources to actualize dreams stand him out in leadership and administration.
“President Buhari notes that el-Rufai’s entry into public service was truly accidental, but the contributions he has made are deliberate, well thought out and long lasting, also highlighting his diligent contributions to the 2015 political upset that heralded take-over of power by governing All Progressives Congress.
“The President prays that the almighty God will continue to bless the Kaduna State Governor and his family, and grant him good health to sustain the good work.”
Tinubu to el-Rufai: Your reputation to confront challenges well deserved
On his part the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said el-Rufai’s reputation “as a public servant eager to confront challenges is well deserved.”
The former Lagos State governor said whether as Director-General of BPE, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory or Governor of Kaduna State, el-Rufai served to the best of his abilities with unquestionable zeal and energy.
In a statement by his Media Office signed by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said, “I congratulate Mallam Nasir el -Rufai on turning 60. Your reputation as a public servant eager to confront challenges is well deserved. It is not surprising that this milestone birthday has come with you still in active public service.
“My prayer is that God Almighty grants you many more years, imbue you with good health and renewed strength to continue to govern the people of your state and serve our nation.”
Your life evinces vision, says Lawan
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his tribute said El-Rufai’s life evinces the importance of vision, focus, tenacity, wisdom and courage in leadership.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, in Abuja, The Senate President said those attributes have propelled El-Rufai to the outstanding successes that he has recorded in every role that providence has called him to play in public affairs.
“Whether as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Secretary of the National Council on Privatisation, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and now as the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, you have left indelible records that will continue to challenge all who come after you and inspire every Nigerian who may aspire to expand the frontiers of service to our country.
“As you reach the milestone of three scores in your life, may Allah the Most Beneficent and Most Merciful continue to imbue you with good health, wisdom and long life for continued tireless and inspirational service to our fatherland.”
Lawan rejoiced with family, friends and associates of the governor and wished him many more years of service to the country.
We salute your fearlessness – APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said “Our great party is proud to identify with El-Rufai whose trademark has been a fearless and people-focussed leadership in all public and elective offices he has occupied.”
The party recalled the governor’s legacies as former Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and Minister of Federal Capital Territory, adding, “In our national discourse, El-Rufai has been vocal on issues bothering on good governance and how to make our nation’s constituent units and institutions work optimally. The report of the Governor El-Rufai headed committee on True Federalism remains a reference point in the debates on restructuring and devolution of powers.”
The party lauded what it called the massive recovery of government’s property from illegal occupiers and encroachers as governor and improvement in the learning environment through massive renovation of the state owned public schools across the state.
It prayed for good health and wisdom for El-Rufai as he continues to inspire the younger generation and contribute to the development of the APC, Kaduna State and the nation.