Chief Alex Ekwueme
President Goodluck Jonathan who days ago eulogized former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme as he celebrates his 80th birthday
Sunday has again described him as “a living personification of thehighest ideals of patriotism and selfless service.”
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati quoted a congratulatory letter sent by the
president to Chief Ekwueme, President Jonathan extolling the former Vice President’s laudable contributions to national development over the years, saying that his “unassailable integrity and consummate diligence” have made him one of Nigeria’s most respected elder statesmen.
The letter read in part: “On the occasion of your landmark 80th birthday anniversary, I join your family, friends, and well-wishers in
thanking Almighty God for the richly fulfilled life He has blessed you with.
“A thorough-bred professional, an accomplished administrator and leader of men, an epitome of the highest ideals of selfless service
and unwavering patriotism, your unassailable integrity and consummate diligence have combined to make you one of our most respected national icons today.
“Over the years, you have consistently invested the benefit of your inspiring attributes in dedicated service to our dear country, while
continuing to avail our generation of leaders of your enduring wise counsel. It is my prayer that Almighty God continues to keep and
prosper you even as He blesses you with robust health and a life of perpetual fulfilment,” President Jonathan wrote.
The president, on behalf of his family, the Government and people ofthe Federal Republic of Nigeria, wished Chief Ekwueme very happy birthday celebrations.