- Tinubu says Atiku is a man of faith and that is what has kept him going
- The former Lagos governor urges Atiku to continue to serve Nigeria well even as a private citizen and a notable leader
- Tinubu says Atiku's life has been a life of service to his people
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos state and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leaders, has described former vice president Atiku Abubakar as a man of faith.
According to him, Atiku’s faith is what has kept him going and waxing strong, Daily Trust reports.
In a letter he personally signed, Asiwaju Tinubu felicitated with Atiku on attaining the proverbial age of 70 and urged him to accept that "there is a tide in the affairs of men".
He said in the letter in which he addressed Atiku as his dear brother: "I write to felicitate with you on the attainment of the proverbial age of three scores and ten, 70.
“Your life has been a life of service to your people, your country and the causes you believe in. Nigeria has been well served by your stewardship and leadership.
"Your steadfastness in walking the democratic path sets you apart as a leader with substance.
“Your passion for education has seen you invest your time and resources in education, knowing full well that when you educate people, you educate a nation.
"You are a man of faith. Your faith has kept you going and kept you strong. I urge you to accept that there is a tide in the affairs of men.
“You must continue to serve Nigeria well even as a private citizen and a notable leader.
"Do not relent because Nigeria needs you and others like you to continue to make life more meaningful. We must continue to explore common grounds towards promoting the common good.”
Tinubu thereafter wished the ex-vice president good health.
“I pray for a long life and continued good health for Turaki Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar," he wrote.
Tinubu's statement on Atiku comes just after President Muhammadu Buhari wrote an emotional message to the former vice president.
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.”