Nigerians on Friday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his 74th birthday on Saturday (today) and his daughter’s wedding, but they also lamented the hard times, hunger and suffering in the land.
Zahra, the President’s daughter, got married to Ahmed Indimi, the son of a multi-billionaire oil tycoon, Mohammed Indimi, on Friday.
While prominent Nigerians, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, rejoiced with the President and prayed for his good health, many people went to the facebook account of the First Lady, Aisha, and other social media platforms, to draw the President’s attention to hunger, suffering and hard times in the land.
In his birthday message to the President, Dogara described Buhari’s leadership as “divine,” adding that Nigerians have confidence in him to lead the country to prosperity.
Dogara’s wishes were contained in a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, on Friday.
Also, in a statement by Enelamah’s Communications Adviser, Constance Ikokwu, the minister said, “As you celebrate your birthday, we rejoice with you. We also join you to thank God for the gift of life. We pray for good health today and always. Happy Birthday!”
But, congratulating the family and lamenting about the harsh economy, a Facebook user, Kingsley Obinna Nwafor, said, “Aisha, you’re a good woman. I love you for being a real and truthful woman. But please, tell your husband that we’re dying of hunger. I would appreciate if he could do something about it.
“We’re no more asking him to improve the situation of Nigeria, but only to return it to the situation where it was when (former President Goodluck) Jonathan handed over to him. I know you’re a mother and you can feel the pains of your children. Nevertheless, happy married life to your daughter. Enjoy while we’re crying, no problem, there’s God. Allah sees us all.”
Also, a Twitter user, Velvet with the handle @lavenderhse, said, “May the wedding of Zahra and Ahmed end the hardship and suffering of Nigerians (and) create jobs for the unemployed youths. Amen!”
Another Twitter user, Vegas Lukson, with the handle @DavidLucky26, tweeted to Mrs. Buhari, saying, “Please tell your husband to bring back our economy.”
Enelamah’s counterpart in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, described the President as a patriot who spent his youthful days fighting for the unity of Nigeria.
A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, in a goodwill message on his twitter handle @Atiku, said, “Happy birthday, Mr. President @MBuhari. I wish you more wisdom and strength as you continue running the affairs of our dear nation.”
Also, a former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday congratulated Buhari on his 74th birthday and on the occasion of his daughter’s wedding.
In a statement from his Media Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the former president said, “On the occasion of your 74th birthday, I write to congratulate and felicitate with you. I pray that this day meets you well and that there shall be many happy returns.
“I also use this opportunity to congratulate you once more as your daughter, Zarah, is given away in marriage to Ahmed Indimi.
A commenter on www.nairaland.com with the username Promismike, said, “Nigerians are hungry, please! All we want to hear and see are things that give us hope, not things that make us feel cheated and underprivileged.”
A Nigerian Facebook user, who lives in Uganda, Dauda Umar, while congratulating the President, also asked him to think of catering to the welfare of Nigerians.
David Abioye also wrote on Facebook, saying, “Please, give us hope, not Zahra’s wedding pictures. We are hungry. We cannot continue to suffer while you give your daughter away to a rich man.
“This country’s economy has tumbled ever since you got into power. What are you doing to fix things back? We don’t want more from you again, Mr. President. Just take us back to where you picked us from.”
On Twitter, a user, Seun Alade, with the handle, @seun4real, also called on the President to make Nigerians happy again.
“As you have made your daughter happy, also make us happy. We are all your children,” he wrote.