Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Saturday congratulated ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 79th birthday and the new Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso I on his ascension to the throne as the 41st Olubadan.
Saraki also commiserated with the Governor of Kano Sate, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje over the demise of his mother, Hajia Fadimatu Ganduje.
The Senate President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, described Obasanjo as a worthy statesman even as he prayed God to grant him good health, wisdom and more years of fruitful service to the fatherland.
“President Obasanjo is a national leader who has not only led this country meritoriously as a military Head of State and civilian President but has continued to guide the nation with his wise counsel even in retirement. He is one true Nigerian whose passion for the unity and development of Nigeria is unparalleled. I wish him many more years of invaluable service to our country,” Saraki said.
He said he was equally pleased to join the government and people of Oyo State in celebrating the ascension of Oba Adetunji to the throne of the Olubadan.
“No doubt, Oba Adetunji has all it takes to build on the solid foundation laid by his forebears and to advance the culture, tradition and development of Ibadan,” Saraki said, even as he wished the new monarch long reign on the throne characterized by peace, unity and prosperity for his immediate domain in particular, Yorubaland and the country in general.
He added: “Oba Adetunji is not only versed in the culture and traditions of Ibadan land, he is also a man with full grasp of current developments around the world. His ascension to the throne will not only enrich the culture and tradition of Ibadan land but will also contribute to the unity of the Yoruba nation,” he said.
He equally condoled with the people and government of Kano State over the death of the Governor’s mother and prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljanah Firdaus.