President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Sunday Coffie Mbang and eminent academic, former federal minister, Prof. Tamunoemi Sokari David-West as they both turn 80 years on August 26th, 2016.
President Buhari congratulated Mbang, and members of his family, as he clocks the milestone age in good health and a rich legacy of a life lived in the service of God, his nation and humanity.
As a former Prelate of the Methodist Church and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, the President believes the legacy of the former prelate of always working towards reconciliation, reconstruction and revival in all leadership positions, aptly captures
the central message of the Bible, which is love.
President Buhari assured the former Prelate that his efforts in pursuing unity in the body of Christ and the country will always be remembered by posterity, especially in co-chairing Nigeria’s Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), a government body responsible for the promotion of inter-faith dialogue.
The President also commended the courage of the His Eminence in always speaking out against tyranny, corruption and social ills like immorality, cultism and drug abuse in the country.
He prayed that the almighty God will grant Mbang good health and more years of service to his fatherland.
President Buhari recalls, with fond memories, his long term relationship with the elder statesman, when he served as Minister of Petroleum, 1984-1985.
The President commended Prof. David-West’s steadfastness and forthrightness on issues of good governance, democracy, human rights and the unity of Nigeria, especially when some seem to easily give up on the project of building one great nation.
President Buhari assured the octogenarian that his place in Nigeria’s history is guaranteed for the statesmanship, fearlessness, intellectual depth, resourcefulness and versatility that he brought into public discourse.
The President prayed that the almighty God will continue to grant the former minister good health and more fruitful years of service to his fatherland.