Obaseki made the remark in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategies, Mr Crusoe Osagie  in Benin on Sunday, December 17, 2017.

"As you mark this day, we are inspired by your exemplary leadership, dedication to the cause of the common man and relentless commitment to restoring the country to greatness", the governor said.

He noted that Nigeria's standing in the international community is fast changing for the better, as many countries now believe that solutions to the nation's myriad problems could be found from within.

"We pray and wish you excellent health, divine grace, boundless fulfilment and happiness to celebrate many more years ahead," Obaseki said.

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The governor lauded the president’s achievement in the areas of security, fighting corruption and revamping the economy, saying they are geared toward "building of a better and stronger Nigeria".

He prayed that the president’s birthday would usher Nigerians into another year of giant strides and glory to the admiration of all.