|Alhaji Bamanga Tukur|
United States President, Barrack Obama, has praised the efforts of the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and an elder statesman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, in improving the standard of living of Nigerians in particular and Africans at-large, THISDAY reports.
A statement issued by Tukur’s Special Assistant on Media, Oliver Okpala, said the US president thanked Tukur for joining hands with his fellow compatriots to make the world a better place to live in for generations.
Obama made these commendations in a letter he personally signed with his wife; Michelle as a congratulatory message to Tukur over his recent attainment of the age of 80 years.
In his words “your generation has witnessed what our nations can achieve when we join together in pursuit of a brighter tomorrow.” Obama further stated: “We trust you take pride in all you have accomplished and in the ways you have touched the lives of those around you.”
He also wished Tukur many more years filled with joy and happiness. Tukur, an educationist, administrator, politician, economist and accomplished businessman, recently joined the league of octogenarians after turning 80 years of age.
He is currently the President of NEPAD Group, African Business Roundtable (ABR), former Chairman Nigerian Railway Corporation and PDP. Tukur is the only African that has been so honoured to address the United Nations as a non-Head of State.