Published by Oladipo Abiola on 16 November 2021
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan on the occasion of his 64th birthday.
Buhari in a message to Jonathan commended him as someone who puts national interest above personal interests and has demonstrated this on several occasions.
Jonathan who turns 64 on November 17, 2021, was described as a reminder to “those in position and all aspiring leaders that serving the country and humanity requires sacrifice, and ultimately placing the interest of others above personal gains.”
The President’s message was contained in a statement on Tuesday by Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
The statement which prays for all-round wellbeing of Jonathan and his family reads: “On behalf of the government and Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari greets former President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on his 64th birthday anniversary, November 17, 2021, congratulating him for serving the country, and working for the peace and advancement of democracy on the African continent.
“The President affirms that Dr. Jonathan continues to expand the boundaries of leadership, teaching many in the country the power of focus, consistency, and diligence, having served as Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President, President, African Union Envoy and now, Chairman of the International Summit Council for Peace Africa (ISCP-Africa).
“ISCP-Africa is an association of incumbent and former heads of state and their deputies, established in 2019 by the Universal Peace Federation, an organization in general consultative status with the United Nations (UN).
“President Buhari believes the former President’s profile should remind those in position and all aspiring leaders that serving the country and humanity requires sacrifice, and ultimately placing the interest of others above personal gains.
“As Dr. Jonathan turns 64, the President sends warm greetings to him and his family, praying that the Almighty God will continue to sustain them in good health and all round well being.”
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