President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday celebrated on a low key his 75th birthday at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
The President also cut a birthday cake. Present at the occasion were his wife, Aisha; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, governors of Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Osun, Imo, Sokoto, Oyo, Zamfara Ogun and others.
The President thanked Nigerians for their concern and fervent prayers.
Though he did not organise any birthday celebration, his aides presented him with a birthday card at his resident in the Presidential Villa.
The planned parade to be mounted by the Brigade of Guards as part of activities to mark president’s birthday was cancelled.
The Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the Permanent Secretary State House, Jalal Arabia led the presidential aides to present a giant birthday card to him.
The card designed in green and white colours, had the president’s photograph with the inscription boldly written, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” embossed on its cover.
After Kyari presented the card that had earlier been signed by all of them, the president took group photographs with them while they sang birthday songs.
Those who joined Kyari included Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi; State Chief of Protocol, Abdullahi Kazaure; Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina; Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, Abba Sarki; Personal Assistant to the President, Tunde Sabiu; President’s Personal Photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo and the president’s security aides.
Also present to wish President Buhari happy birthday were Service Chiefs led by Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin. Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, I.E. Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, accompanied the CDS.
Recall that President Buhari returned to the country on August 19 after spending over 100 days in London on medical vacation.