Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his 75th birthday, and urged the president to quit when the ovation is loudest.
In an interaction with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, the governor said the President had served the nation as far as he could with his advanced age.
Also in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said the President required the prayers of all Nigerians.
“This is to congratulate Mr President as he clocks 75. I want to thank God for his life and pray for good health in the service of our nation and that he continues to age with grace. I wish him the best. He represents us all and we owe him prayers and cooperation where necessary, just as we also need to criticise him too where necessary,” he said.
Asked what he would tell the President if he sees him on his birthday, Fayose said he would congratulate him, not minding the political differences between them.
Asked what would be his advice to the President on his rumoured second term bid, Fayose noted that it would be honourable for the President to call it quit now.
“I am not a fan of an old man and this is not personal and peculiar to President Buhari. We need an agile president come 2019. We need somebody that is experienced and agile. He shouldn’t contest and the decision is his and his party.
But that is not going to stop me and my party from taking over from him and his party come 2019,” he added.