President Muhammadu Buhari has written an emotional message to Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who turns 70 on Friday, November 25.
This message by the Nigerian president comes amid reports that former vice president is planning a 2019 takeover from him and a recent lashing out at the president over claims that Boko Haram has been defeated.
In a letter which he personally signed, President Buhari welcomed Atiku "to the 70s club," and prayed that Allah would grant him "many more years of good health and service to Nigeria."
"Over the years, I have admired your courage and doggedness in defending your interests and your generosity in promoting education. The American University in Yola is one of your noble legacies, and my hope and wish is that it will endure," Buhari was quoted to have written.
In the statement made available by Femi Adesina, the president's special adviser on media and publicity, Buhari said both himself and the former vice president should be grateful to Allah, who has granted them grace to be in the 70s club, and sends "kind personal regards".
Meanwhile, the unrest within the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seems not to be nearing its end as two top members of the party are at loggerheads.
Atiku had in an exclusive interview with Premium Times, stated that he was betrayed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state and the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
But in a statement signed by El-Rufai, the governor described Atiku as a liar and that the Adamawa strong man only brought out those allegations to malign his person.
“As we struggle to build a law-abiding society and secure progressive outcomes for our people, we cannot allow the triumph on these shores of those who will have us move to a post-factual world,” El-Rufai’s statement read in part.