Just like last year, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent an early birthday message to his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who turns 61 on Tuesday.
Pretty identical message: The message this year is very similar to the wishes sent last year.
This year’s message: “President Buhari believes the life journey of the former President remains an inspiration to every young Nigerian of the possibilities that await anyone willing to learn, work hard and participate in making the country great.”
Last year’s message: “President Buhari believes Dr Jonathan’s foray into politics and ascendency to the highest political office in Nigeria from a humble riverine background testifies to the greatness and inclusiveness of Nigeria’s democracy, and serves as an invitation to all those with interest to add value to the nation.”
One difference: The major difference between the two messages was that this time, Buhari congratulated Jonathan on the publishing of his memoir, My Transition Hours, which will be launched as part of ceremonies marking his birthday.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president encouraged “Nigerians to follow same example of sharing their experiences in writing.”
That is an interesting piece of advise. President Buhari, more than anyone else, may need to take the advise he is giving. Considering that he has never deemed it fit to put pen to paper in writing a memoir. The president has occupied some of the most sensitive military and civilian positions in government in the last 50 years, but has never cared to write. That is in stark contrast to one of his predecessors, Olusegun Obasanjo, who is an avid writer. It would be nice if Pres. Buhari takes his own advise this time and “share his experiences in writing.”