Here is a video report of what transpired when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo led some state governors to pay a special visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, who clocked 75 years on Sunday.
The low-key event was bereft of any pomp and ceremony as even a special birthday parade to be mounted by the Brigade of Guards was canceled.
Instead, the President’s wife, Aishat, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, and some presidential aides led by the president\s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, presented birthday cards to him.
And there were also messages of goodwill across party lines.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his birthday congratulatory message to President Buhari, described him as a statesman who has earned a special place in history.
“I prayed that the God Almighty that has kept you alive and healthy till now, will continue to protect and strengthen you as you lend your efforts towards the realization of our collective dreams for a greater and more prosperous nation,’’ Jonathan said in a statement on Friday.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in a message sent through his twitter handle @BukolaSaraki, using the hashtag #PMBAt75, prayed that God may grant President Buhari wisdom to continue to run the affairs of Nigeria.
He said: “Happy Birthday Mr. President! I wish you the blessings of the Almighty, and continued wisdom and grace as you celebrate another year.’’
Idris Baba, who wrote in response to Saraki’s birthday wish, said: “I join the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki in wishing the President a Happy Birthday as Baba is Aging with Grace. May Almighty Allah Continue to Protect Baba for us.’’
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, also wished Mr President a Happy Birthday using his twitter handle @YakubDogara.
He wrote: “On behalf of the leadership, membership of @HouseNGR, I wish to join the good people of Nigeria and numerous well wishers across the globe in wishing H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari @MBuhari a happy birthday.
“Under his leadership, Nigeria is steadily regaining its past glory, winning investors’ confidence and earning global respect and recognition.
”He has remained consistent in dealing with corruption, insecurity and unemployment through various reforms and interventions.
“We pray that God continues to keep President Buhari in good health and bless him with more fruitful and prosperous years of service to the people and the nation.’’
The All Progressives Congress (APC), using its official handle @APCNigeria also wished Mr President well and called on Nigerians to wish the President a warm celebration.
NAN also reports that a video of a baby, who sang happy birthday song for Mr President, has already started going viral on the social media platform with over 50 retweets.