President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated his influential nephew, Mamman Daura, as he clocked 80 on Saturday.
Mr Daura, the son of the president’s late sister, is known to be one of the closest individuals to Mr Buhari, having a relationship dating to their childhood days, according to both families.
He has been long rumoured as exercising tremendous influence on Mr Buhari’s government and being a member of a so-called kitchen cabinet that advises on everything, from those who see the president daily to those who become ministers.
That closeness has however pitted the former journalist against the first lady, Aisha Buhari, who recently confirmed there was a power struggle within the presidential villa.
In a statement Saturday, Mr Buhari said Mr Daura’s “footprint on the development of the country, and quintessential attention to family values, will always be remembered and appreciated.”
Buhari assures Daura that his footprint on the development of the country, and quintessential attention to family values, will always be remembered and appreciated, extolling him for the visionary role he played in the banking sector and management of companies, and development institutions.
The President prays that the Almighty God will grant longer life to the elder statesman, and more strength to keep pursuing his number one passion of serving humanity, especially through philanthropy.
– Premium Times