Jonathan Greets Ab­dul­salami at 76

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA -

For­mer Pres­i­dent, Dr. Good­luck Jonathan, has felicitated with for­mer Head of State, Gen. Ab­dul­salami Abubakar (rtd), on his 76th birth­day, de­scrib­ing him as a great pa­triot and man of peace.

In a his good­will mes­sage, Jonathan noted that the re­tired gen­eral is en­dowed with great wis­dom, the proof of which was made man­i­fest in 1998 to 1999 when he mid­wifed the short­est, but most suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion of power from the mil­i­tary to demo­crat­i­cally elected civil­ians.

A state­ment is­sued by Jonathan’s spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, quoted the for­mer pres­i­dent as say­ing that Nige­ria owes Abubakar a debt of grat­i­tude.

Jonathan also noted that it is fit­ting that Abubakar’s birth­day falls close to the Eid-el-Fitr.

He said: “May you be blessed be­cause just as the Mus­lim Ummah cel­e­brates the end of Ra­madan, Nige­ria cel­e­brates you for end­ing mil­i­tary rule.

“On this very spe­cial an­niver­sary, I join you, your fam­ily, well-wish­ers and mil­lions of other Nige­ri­ans to give thanks to Almighty God for a life of great achieve­ments and in­spir­ing ser­vice to hu­man­ity.

“Your ex­em­plary pa­tri­o­tism and deep com­mit­ment to the devel­op­ment and unity of our coun­try is ev­i­dent in your en­dur­ing lega­cies, hav­ing served Nige­ria as a brave sol­dier and Head of State; who heeded the call to na­tional duty at a time of dis­tress and helped nav­i­gate our dear coun­try to the democ­racy which it now en­joys.

“I wish you good health and more pro­duc­tive years so that our great coun­try will con­tinue to ben­e­fit from your wis­dom and wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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