Obasanjo at 83: Buhari, Jonathan, Atiku, Others Celebrates his Birthday
- The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has sent greetings to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 83rd birthday, according to a State House statement on Wednesday by the President’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina.
Obasanjo will be 83 on March 5 (today).
Buhari said Obasanjo lived a life of “courage, dedication and service to Nigeria, Africa, and humanity in general.”
The statement added, “President Buhari joins family members, friends and associates of the former President in celebrating the milestone, adding that Chief Obasanjo’s commitment to Nigerian nationhood remains outstanding and commendable, while also underscoring his sacrifices for the continent, including standing up for democracy in many countries.
“As the former President celebrates the auspicious occasion, President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant him longer life, good health and strength to keep serving the nation and the continent.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, also felicitated with Obasanjo.
Lawan, according to a statement by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, recalled former President Obasanjo’s pivotal roles at different epochs in the tasks to keep Nigeria one, stable, democratic and prosperous.
He said the elder statesman had served his country with courage, wisdom and sense of history.
Also, former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said Obasanjo had a distinguished record of service and loyalty to Nigeria.
Jonathan, in his goodwill message said, “As a President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, you built bridges of love and unity across the land.
“As you celebrate, my family prays that God will bless you with more years of glory, honour and sound health.”
In the same vein, the Peoples Democratic Party said Obasanjo had shown undiluted patriotism towards the stability of Nigeria.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said, “The Obasanjo-led PDP administration unarguably revolutionised our critical sectors and made our nation an investment hub with attendant economic prosperity particularly, in telecommunication and agriculture, among others.”
The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, said Obasanjo stood out as a foremost national leader who did not allow tribe, religion or political party affiliation to block his vision of leadership.
He said, “Mr President sir, as you celebrate, please note that the country you fought for its unity is being torn apart with her citizens in despair due to poor leadership.”
Also the 2019 PDP’s vice-presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, commended Obasanjo for his patriotism and sacrifice to the nation.
Obi, who is a former governor of Anambra State, said Obasanjo’s fairness to all regions had remained exceptional and glaring.