In a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC, the presidency in Nigeria said:
“On 81st birthday of the first Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Abdukareem Adebisi Akande, President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm felicitations to the octogenarian, wishing him longer years, good health and more strength to keep serving the nation.
“The President joins all members of the governing party, government and people of Osun State, family and associates of the elder statesmen in celebrating the virtues of selflessness and sacrifice he consistently projects.
“President Buhari congratulates the former Governor of Osun State for upholding the philosophy of the great nationalist, former premier of Western region and leader of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in advocating free education, health care and entrepreneurship, and following up with counselling of leaders on same path.
“The President believes Chief Akande’s rich experience in public service and politics will go a long way in moving the nation forward through wise counsels, and setting a good precedence in leadership.
“President Buhari prays for better days ahead for the party stalwart.