*Describes former president as an icon of democracy
Deji Elumoye in Berlin
President Bola Tinubu has rejoiced with former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on his 66th birthday today.
He also hailed the former president for his unique demonstration of statesmanship and for his distinguishing achievement as a leader.
Tinubu, in a statement issued yesterday, by his Media Adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, celebrated ex-president Jonathan, who gave Nigeria and Africa, a pride of place in democratic lore by upending the vitiating paradigm of those who seek to hold onto power by all means.
Tinubu shared the joyous occasion “with one of our icons of democracy, whose humility continues to inspire hope for good governance in the country and on the continent.”
He believed the former President possesses a distinguished profile on leadership, rising up the ladder as Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice-President and President, and now championing the cause of peace in Africa by bringing together and counseling leaders on harmonious coexistence for the benefit of the people they serve.
The President commended Jonathan for committing himself to the service of humanity and to strengthening democratic institutions, exemplified by his relentless peace missions and advocacy of non-violence in the peaceful transition of power across the African continent.
Tinubu affirmed that the ex-president’s wisdom, foresight, and patriotism would continue to set an example for leaders aspiring to make a difference in Nigeria and beyond.
The President prayed that God Almighty would continually sustain the former President and his wife, Patience, in good health and strength.