The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III on the occasion of his 63rd birthday anniversary.
According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari “values the timely counsel and support of the royal father to this administration’s policies and programmes”.
He commended the Sultan for championing poverty reduction, healthcare and education for the most vulnerable, during his reign as a spiritual and traditional leader of the people.
President Buhari also applauded the Sultan’s exemplary roles and contributions towards building a peaceful, secure and prosperous country.
The President recognised the Sultan as head of Jama’atu Nasirl Islam (JNI), President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and co-Chairman of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
President Buhari joined family members, the Sokoto Emirate, the government and people of Sokoto State, friends and well-wishers in praying that Almighty Allah grants the Sultan more years of health and happiness to keep doing the things he loves most: building bridges of peace, tolerance and development across Nigeria.