By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday congratulated former President and elder statesman, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, on his 92nd birthday.
Osinbajo, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, joined Shagari’s family, well-wishers and indeed all Nigerians, in celebrating the former president’s selfless service, leadership and steadfast commitment to the advancement of Nigeria, over the years.
He noted that decades after serving as the second republic President of Nigeria, Shagari has continued to advance the unity, peace and prosperity of the nation.
Osinbajo said he believed that the patriotism, principles and the lofty values “the former president displayed throughout his public life as a teacher, politician, parliamentarian, president and now as an elder statesman, make him one of the foremost national leaders of our time.”
On his part, Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, lauded the sterling contributions of the nonagenarian to the sustenance of democracy, national peace and development.
“I am delighted to join millions of Nigerians to wish you a happy birthday as you clock 92, while looking forward to partake in many more joyous moments to celebrate your eventful and most successful life. I happy that you have not relented in making those salient contributions that have kept our ship of state sailing smoothly and surely.