Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, felicitated with former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Major General Olu Bajowa (retd.), on his 80th birthday.
Buhari forwarded a message to the celebrant in a statement released through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled “President Buhari salutes Gen. Olu Bajowa at 80.”
The statement read, “The President rejoices with the family, friends, associates of the Jagunmolu of Ikale Land as well as the government and people of Ondo State in celebrating the milestone age.”
“President Buhari recalls with admiration the times he spent together with Gen. Bajowa during the military years beginning from the 3rd Infantry Division of the Nigerian Army when he was Brigade Commander in the Northern Sector based in Maiduguri, and Bajowa was a Brigade Commander in the Southern Sector in Calabar.”
“Both of them also worked together when Bajowa was Permanent Secretary, Ministries of Defence; Industry as well as Science and Technology, and Gen. Buhari (retd.) was Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum Trust Fund.”
“President Buhari notes that the celebrant distinguished himself creditably during his stint as Managing Director, Nigeria Airways, and was Coordinator of the movement of federal ministries from Lagos to the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.”
“He also recalls with appreciation when Gen. Bajowa hosted him and his entourage at his Igbotako residence, Ondo State on a campaign stop during his first attempt as a Presidential Candidate in 2003.”
“As the Prince and astute administrator joins the ‘Octogenarian Club,’ President Buhari wishes him divine blessings of good health and long life so that he will continue to serve his community, country, and humanity.”
The elder statesman noted that he was saved by Bajowa from the bullets of Lieutenant Colonel Buka Dimka.