Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, began the celebration of his 50th birthday with a thanksgiving service at the Living Faith Church, Goshen City in Abuja.
Thereafter, the Speaker alongside his family visited some orphanage homes in the capital city with relief materials. In the evening of the same day, a reception party followed with a book launch titled ‘A Reed Made Flint’.
During the church thanksgiving service, the Speaker said: “As there could not have been a better way to begin celebrating my 50th birthday than to give all thanks to God who has brought me this far”.
The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo described Dogara as an exceptional person, in his own words, “I have always known that the Speaker is an exceptional person in this funny world of politics. As you can imagine, politics is not a picnic, but there are people who stand by their word and you can take them by their word.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari in his felicitation message signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Tuesday, Buhari described the speaker as a charismatic leader whose “maturity and friendliness”, has eased the relationship between the Executive and the Legislative arms.
The statement read in part: “The President extols Dogara’s humility, simplicity and discipline in providing exceptional leadership for the lower house for over two years by diligently bridging the gaps and creating a harmonious atmosphere for debates and exchange of ideas for national development.
“President Buhari affirms that the Speaker’s personal attributes of selflessness, maturity and friendliness have substantially eased the relationship between the Executive and the Legislative arm, resulting in the passage of bills that directly impact the livelihood of Nigerians.”
The President also affirmed that with the kind of leadership qualities displayed by Dogara, the future of Nigeria in the hands of the youths, who are willing to work hard and pay the price, is secure.
“President Buhari believes Nigeria’s future can only be secured with great leadership by younger Nigerians, who are fired with the zeal to build one great nation that everyone can call a home.”
He then prayed that God grants the Speaker longer life, good health and wisdom to serve the country and humanity.
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