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Buhari Praises Former President As He Turns 79

Olusegun-Obasanjo
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Buhari extended his congratulations via a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former president, Olusegun Obasanjo in anticipation of the latter’s 79th birthday tomorrow, March 5, 2016.

Buhari extended his congratulations via a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The statement reads in part:

“President Buhari believes that Chief Obasanjo’s place in global history is assured for successfully handing over power to a civilian government in 1979 after serving as a military Head of State, and returning to power in 1999 through elections to stabilize the polity, during which he most remarkably negotiated a debt relief for Nigeria.”

“The President warmly commends Chief Obasanjo’s vision and commitment to the growth of Nigeria and Africa, which translated into a historical growth rate of 6 percent for the Nigerian economy after a long period of slow growth, and also created a rippling effect that buoyed other African economies.”

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“As he turns 79, the President avers that the former president’s regular shuttles across Nigeria and Africa to counsel on economic, social and political issues, and his willingness to head election monitoring teams that have heralded smooth transitions in many countries are legacies which generations will remain grateful.”

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will grant the Balogun of the Owu lineage, who is also the Ekerin Balogun of the Egba clan, long life and strength to continue his service to humanity.”

Meanwhile, Obasanjo has said that he is no longer interested in participating in partisan politics.

Obasanjo made a dramatic exit from politics in February 2015 when he tore apart his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card in public.

Source: pulse.ng


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