As he clocks the Diamond age today, the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has said his belief in Nigeria’s economic potential remains unshaken just as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday felicitated with Africa’s renowned businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on his 60th birthday.

The business mogul and famed Africa’s richest man said in Lagos at the weekend while speaking with a group of businessmen in his office that his passion for the workability of Nigeria’s economy has been the impetus that underline his investment decisions reiterating his common mantra that “Nigeria is the world’s best kept secret.”

Dangote whose birthday would be commemorated with the planting of sixty trees at the site of his world class Refinery and Petrochemical was extolled by President Buhari, in statement by his spokesman Femi Adesina.

President Buhari said he joined the business world, Dangote’s friends and family in congratulating the Forbes’ rated richest African and black man for his patriotism and kind heartedness in always making sacrifices to safeguard the health of the nation, most remarkably the polio and Ebola interventions.

He expressed belief 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.

President Buhari commended 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.”

He acknowledged Dangote’s role in bolstering the economy through continuous engagement and counseling of governments on best practices in promoting the ease of doing business.

The president prayed that the almighty God will grant Dangote more wisdom, good health and longer life to serve his country and humanity.


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