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 Jonathanâ€™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 Abubakarâ€™s birthday falls close to the Eid-el-Fitr.
He said: â€œMay you be blessed because just as the Muslim Ummah celebrates the end of Ramadan, Nigeria celebrates you for ending military rule.
â€œOn 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.
â€œYour 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.
â€œI wish you good health and more productive years so that our great country will continue to benefit from your wisdom and wealth of experience.â€