Tinubu @68: ‘God Has Blessed Me’

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos is 68 years old today.

Although a colloquium yearly held in his honour will not hold today, Tinubu in a special birthday message, appreciated God for all his blessings.

“I thank God for giving me the life and time on earth he has provided me. He has blessed me beyond the ability of words to describe”, he said.

“I am more than cognizant of His great mercies toward me. I have much to be thankful for. However, this is not the moment for exuberant celebration or light talk on my part.

“At this moment, it is better that we confer in prudence and wisdom, one to another, so that we can better deal with that which seems eager to severely deal with us.

“We have entered a sobering period. We face a challenge we cannot see but one that can find us all too easily.

“As individuals, this puts every one of us at a startling disadvantage. Each is rendered vulnerable by the reckless act of his neighbour.

“Each is made safer by the enlightened conduct of a stranger. The very nature of this assailant calls us toward greater unity and kindness”.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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