President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Malam Mamman Daura on his 81st birthday, describing him as “a dedicated public servant, consummate administrator, and one of our worthiest gentlemen who is widely misunderstood by so many.”
Also, he congratulated the former Anambra State Governor, Dame Virgy Etiaba, on her 78th birthday, November 11, saluting her courage for delving into politics, and leaving a legacy of being the first and only female governor so far in Nigeria’s history.
The President identified with the duo in separate statements signed by his Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The President said that “Mamman Daura is a thoroughbred public administrator with an all rounded knowledge and experience in life and government.”
According to President Buhari, “it’s impossible to sit down with Daura without gaining from his vast experience, knowledge and wisdom.”
The President noted that “among Daura’s unappreciated virtues are his humility, compassion and zeal to provide mentoring to many who are privileged to be with him or close to him.”
President Buhari, who also described Daura as “a veteran of Nigeria’s political history and active participant in its development,” said that “the revered journalist and public administrator is needlessly misunderstood.”
He added that “Daura’s experience is not unusual because many great men are not appreciated, which stems from the cynical obsession of many of his critics.”
President Buhari advised Nigerians “to be just and fair-minded in the assessment of public figures like Mamman Daura whose contributions to the development of the country overshadow perceived flaws.”
“As you celebrate the ripe age of 81, may Allah bless you with better health and longer life in the service of Nigeria and mankind. You are a fountain of inspiration and an inexhaustible reservoir of knowledge. We are proud of your invaluable support.
“I wish you more abundant blessings from God. Happy birthday,” the President told the elder statesman.
On Dame Etiaba, he President expressed believes that the former governor, who also served her state as a Deputy Governor, set the pace for future possibilities for women in the country to start participating fully in politics and governance, and taking ownership in driving development that clearly needs more female inclusion.
He noted that her contributions to educational development, working variously as a teacher and head teacher in many parts of the country before retiring and setting up an institution that continues to promote knowledge, discipline and good character.
He prayd that the almighty God will grant the former governor longer life, good health and wisdom to keep inspiring and mentoring more women into leadership.