President Bola Tinubu rejoiced with the former Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Ipoola Alani Akinrinade (rtd), as he marks his 84th birthday today.
The President in a statement issued yesterday, by his Media Adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, offered his heartfelt tribute to the elder statesman for his remarkable and enduring contributions to the advancement of Nigeria, both during his military service and as a civic leader following his retirement from active duty.
Recalling Akinrinade’s excellent service to the nation during his time serving as Minister in the Federal Ministries of Agriculture, Water Resources, Industries, and Transport, the President emphasised that the General’s relentless dedication to the public good was a worthy example for future generations of Nigerians to emulate.
“His selfless service to our country has greatly contributed to national development,” the President affirmed. Beyond his official contributions, the President fondly remembered Akinrinade’s substantial participation in the affairs of NADECO during the tenure of former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, and applauded the elder statesman’s bold and courageous efforts during those turbulent times in the nation’s history.
Tinubu expressed hope that Akinrinade’s stellar qualities of integrity, self-discipline and excellence as both a public officer and as a gentleman would continue to inspire servicemen and all citizens alike.
He prayed that God Almighty would grant the revered statesman sustained health and fulfillment in the years ahead.