President Muhammadu Buhari and a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, have felicitated with Africa’s renowned businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on his 60th birthday.
In separate statements, Buhari and Tinubu described Dangote as a successful businessman worth emulating.
In a statement on Sunday, Buhari said he joins the business world, Dangote’s friends and family in congratulating the Forbes’ rated richest African and black man for his patriotism and kind heartedness in always making sacrifices to safeguard the health of the nation, most remarkably the polio and Ebola interventions.
The President believes the global business mogul remains a shining example of the virtues of choosing entrepreneurship from an early age, treading the path of diligence, perseverance and continuous learning to build some of the world’s largest manufacturing and distribution companies, with household names in Nigeria and beyond.
President Buhari commended the humility, simplicity and cosmopolitan outlook of the entrepreneur, who he said defies ethnic and religious persuasions in extending support to the poor and vulnerable, providing employment opportunities without discrimination, while inspiring and mentoring young Nigerians to greatness.
The President acknowledged Dangote’s role in bolstering the economy through continuous engagement and counseling of governments on best practices in promoting the ease of doing business.
He prayed that the almighty God will grant Dangote more wisdom, good health and longer life to serve his country and humanity.
Tinubu in a statement by his Media Office, also on Sunday, described Dangote as an inspiration to many people.
In a letter to Dangote, personally signed by him, the former Lagos State Governor commended the business mogul for his boldness and bravery in taking the business risks he took, which he said have now paid off.
He said Dangote has broken all business barriers and is now helping to industrialise Africa, with the operations of his Dangote Group in 17 African countries and beyond.
In the letter dated April 9, 2017 and released in a statement by his Media Office, Tinubu said: “Dear Alhaji Dangote, my family and I congratulate you on your 60th birthday.
“Your life has been an inspiration to many. From a lowly background, you rose to the top by dint of hard work and perseverance.
“The boldness and bravery you demonstrated in taking the business risks you took have paid off. You have shown that with resilience, we can always convert risks and challenges to opportunities.
“Today, you are that African man that has broken all barriers. With operations in over 17 African countries including Nigeria, the awesome Dangote Group you established is helping to industrialise Africa.
“You have made people and made lives a lot better through the employment opportunities you have created and your other humanitarian activities.
“I wish you many more years in life. I pray that Allah grants all you need to continue to impact the lives of many more people.”