The President’s congratulatory statement was passed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday.

Adesina quoted the president, in a personally signed letter, addressed to Pastor Bakare;

As saying: “I rejoice with you as you gracefully clock 65 years of age in good health.

”I am glad that you have remained faithful and true to your callings, particularly as a pastor and preacher, contributing to pointing people to God’s kingdom, teaching them on how to get there, and live acceptable lives before God.

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“We have shared ideas on how to engender a better country, and formed a tag team for political power. May the ideas germinate fully, proliferate and give us the country of our dreams.

“As you turn 65, I pray that your indomitable spirit will continue to point Nigeria to all that is noble and just. I wish you longer life in good health and strength.’’