President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with Malam Mamman Daura on the occasion of his 81st birthday saying “the revered journalist and public administrator is needlessly misunderstood.”
Malam Daura is a nephew of President Buhari and “a prominent member of the infamous Kaduna Mafia, a loose group of Nigerian businessmen, civil servants, intellectuals and military officers from Northern Nigeria.”
President Buhari, in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said “Daura’s experience is not unusual because many great men are not appreciated, which stems from the cynical obsession of many of his critics.”
He advised Nigerians “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.”
The President, who said Daura is “a veteran of Nigeria’s political history and active participant in its development”, also described him as “a dedicated public servant, consummate administrator, and one of our worthiest gentlemen who is widely misunderstood by so many.”
The President said “Mamman Daura is a thoroughbred public administrator with an all rounded knowledge and experience in life and government.”
According to President Buhari, “it’s impossible to sit down with Daura without gaining from his vast experience, knowledge and wisdom.”
The President said that “among Daura’s unappreciated virtues are his humility, compassion and zeal to provide mentoring to many who are privileged to be with him or close to him.”
“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.
“I wish you more abundant blessings from God. Happy birthday,” the President told the elder statesman.