President Muhammadu Buhari has congratu­lated Africa’s richest man and philanthropist, Al­haji Aliko Dangote, on his 60th birthday.
Dangote is Forbes maga­zine’s richest African and blackman.
Buhari commended him for his patriotism and kind heartedness in always mak­ing sacrifices to safeguard the health of the nation, es­pecially his interventions in the fight against polio and eradication of the dreaded Ebola disease.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the President said that he “believes that the global business mogul re­mains a shining example of the virtues of choosing entrepreneurship from an early age, treading the path of diligence, perseverance and continuous learning to build some of the world’s largest manufacturing and distribution companies, with household names in Nigeria and beyond.
“As Dangote clocks 60, President Buhari commends the humility, simplicity and cosmopolitan outlook of the entrepreneur who defies ethnic and religious persua­sions in extending support to the poor and vulnerable, providing employment op­portunities without dis­crimination, while inspiring and mentoring young Nige­rians to greatness.
“The President acknowl­edges Dangote’s role in bolstering the economy through continuous en­gagement and counselling of governments on best practices in promoting the ease of doing business.
“He prays that the al­mighty God will grant Dan­gote more wisdom, good health and longer life to serve his country and hu­manity,” Buari said in the statement. - The Authority