President Goodluck Jonathan has written to felicitate with General Abdulsalami Abubakar as the former Head of State attains the age of 70 years today, June 13, 2012.
In a congratulatory letter to General Abubakar, President Jonathan prayed that God will continue to grant him good health and many more years of fruitful service to Nigeria.
In a statement, Dr. Reuben Abati,
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity quoted Jonathan’s letter as stating: “On the occasion of your landmark 70th birthday anniversary, I write on behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, to extend warm felicitations to you.
“There is no doubt whatsoever that over the past 70 years, you have lived a richly productive and fulfilled life. Your uncommon diligence, gallantry, loyalty, patriotism, and enduring sense of committed service saw you rise not only to the pinnacle of your chosen military career, but also saw the onerous duty of the political leadership of our nation thrust upon your shoulders at a critical period in Nigeria’s developmental history.
“It is to your eternal credit that you acquitted yourself demonstrably well as Head of State and courageously mid-wifed our country’s transition to civil democratic governance in May 1999.
“You have also been steadfast and ready to continue to give of yourself in the service of our nation and in the course of the process of conflict resolution and peace building across the African continent,” President Jonathan wrote.
The President joined General Abubakar’s family, friends and well-wishers in thanking God for his life of outstanding achievements and wished him happy birthday celebrations.