Buhari Congratulates Shonekan at 80

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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated elder statesman and former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, on his 80th birthday.

A statement issued yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said Buhari commended Shonekan’s immense contribution to national peace and development which he has exemplified as an accomplished administrator, astute businessman and patriot.

Shehu said: “The president believes that the historic role played by the octogenarian in forging and maintaining the unity of Nigeria will continue to endear him to many.”

Buhari said this administration would continue to look forward to Shonekan’s fatherly counsel on how to move the nation forward.

The president prayed that God Almighty would grant Shonekan more years of good health and happiness to see the Nigeria of our dreams.