Buhari greets Edebiri, Esogban of Benin, at 90

To match Interview NIGERIA-BUHARI/
Muhammadu Buhari, former Nigerian military ruler and presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) speaks during an interview with Reuters at a private residence in Lagos February 19, 2011. Buhari, the main opposition candidate in Nigeria's presidential election, said he was optimistic it would be a more credible race than in the past but warned events in north Africa showed people would no longer accept a rigged vote. Picture taken February 19, 2011. To match Interview NIGERIA-BUHARI/ REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
The president’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, on Saturday in Abuja.
The statement said that Buhari joined members of the Edebiri family, friends and well-wishers in celebrating ‘an important and respected son of Bini Kingdom’
According to him, many generations of Nigerians have deep appreciation of Chief Edebiri’s devotion to Nigeria’s unity and prosperity over the years.
The president acknowledged Edebiri’s contributions to the development of the country “beginning from his days of activism in the pre-independence period till now that he conscientiously aligns with the vision of this administration to take Nigeria to the next level”.
While noting, with delight, the goodwill and fatherly advice of the elder statesman to his government, he prayed God to grant the Esogban of Benin longer life in joy and good health.