President Muhammadu Buhari has showered encomiums on Mamman Daura, his nephew, describing him as journalist and public administrator who is “needlessly misunderstood” by critics.
In a statement Garba Shehu, his spokesman, issued on his behalf, Buhari said Daura is worthy of being celebrated.
The president said at 81, Daura is a veteran of Nigeria’s political history and active participant in its development”.
He said Daura has lived a worthy life.
“Daura’s experience is not unusual because many great men are not appreciated, which stems from the cynical obsession of many of his critics,” the president said.
“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.
“A veteran of Nigeria’s political history and active participant in its development ,a dedicated public servant, consummate administrator, and one of our worthiest gentlemen who is widely misunderstood by so many.”
Buhari commended Daura for his vast experience and knowledge in public administration, saying “it’s impossible to sit down with Daura without gaining from his vast experience, knowledge and wisdom.”
“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,” he said.
“I wish you more abundant blessings from God. Happy birthday.”