President Bola Tinubu has extolled the virtues of his long-time ally, confidant and present Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, on the occasion of his 67th birthday.
The eulogy of Tinubu was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.
In the statement on Friday, Ngelale said: “The President cherishes Hon. Alake’s patriotism and unwavering dedication to service, as well as the close relationship they have shared over the span of four decades.
“President Tinubu reflects on the long journey they have embarked upon together, from the Minister’s days as Editor of the National Concord to his tenure as the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State during the President’s service as the Executive Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, all the way through to their most recent and extraordinary journey into the State House.”
Ngelale further quoted the President as having declared: “Through it all, Dele has proven to be a partner and worthy brother.”
President Tinubu affirmed that Alake possesses uncommon versatility and strength of character that leaves a lasting impression on everyone he encounters, imparting the true essence of loyalty, trust, respect and empathy.
The President thanked the accomplished public servant for his loyalty over the years, both in times of triumph and in times of difficulty, adding that he looks forward to many more years of great memories, successes and continued camaraderie.
Ngelale added in the statement: “As the beloved celebrant embarks on a new chapter of service to our nation, the President joins family, friends and well-wishers at home and abroad in offering heartfelt prayers, seeking divine guidance and success for the Honourable Minister in his new assignment.”