President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President Olusegun Obasanjo as he turns 82 years, noting that he is “a passionate and great patriot who deserves accolades for his immeasurable contributions to our democracy and national unity.”
Naija News reports that President Buhari facilitated with Obasanjo in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday night.
In the statement, the President said he would continue to accord Obasanjo respect, in spite of their political differences.
The President said, “regardless of our political differences with Obasanjo, I still hold him in the highest esteem because his contributions to the development of the country overshadow those differences.”
Buhari who recalled their days together in the country’s Armed Forces noted that “Chief Obasanjo gave a good account of himself and inspired his juniors with his wit and other leadership skills.”
On Obasanjo’s indelible marks, President Buhari said, “Nigeria’s successful transition to democratic rule in October 1979 was one of Obasanjo’s remarkable contributions to national development.”
“As he celebrates his 82nd Birthday Anniversary, I wish Chief Obasanjo more good health, knowledge and wisdom in the service of Nigeria and humanity.”