A group of Nigerians, under the auspices of ‘Buharists Hangout’, gathered in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) to celebrate and pray for President Muhammadu Buhari on his 76th birthday.
The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that over 2,000 people, drawn from different tribal and religious background, assembled at the Millennium Park for the event, tagged: ‘Love Feast and Prayer for Buhari at 76.’
The group felicitated with the president, cut a birthday cake for him and presented a birthday card and N283, 324 as donation to support his re-election campaign for the 2019 elections.
Dr Uche Diala,who presented the gift to the president, said that the gesture was to thank God on behalf of the president and “tell him that Nigerians of goodwill wish him well”.
“We have a president who had a health challenge, but God healed him, and he came out stronger for us.
“This celebration today is to felicitate and identify with Mr. President because he means well for our dear country.
“We want him to return in 2019 to complete the good work and that is why we donated this money, which is a contribution by ordinary Nigerians to support his campaign,” he said.
Mr Femi Adesina, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who received the gifts on his behalf, expressed gratitude to the group for their “show of love and best wishes”.
He said that the event was a clear testimony that Nigerians, irrespective of tribe and religion, cared for their leaders.
“For people to gather here on their own to mark the president’s birthday in his absence is an indication that they are proud of him.
“This kind of thing is not common in our political history, which shows that there are people who wish Mr President well against all odds,” he said.
Also, Mr Efe Williams, a Co-convener and organiser of the event, told NAN on the sideline that the event was “a sort of thanksgiving to God for keeping the president strong and healthy at 76”.
“Many people wished that he should have been dead by now, but God has a better plan, which deserves celebration.
“Buharists Hangouts are not just APC members, but Nigerians that love their president and wish him well, ” he said.
Williams, therefore, urged Nigerians, irrespective of tribal, religious and political differences, to always support and encourage their leaders. (NAN)