President Muhammadu Buhari has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a study in patriotism, leadership and courage.
According to an issued statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari stated this in his congratulatory message to Obasanjo on his 85th birthday.
The President said on behalf of the Federal Government and Nigerians in general, he felicitates with the former President on his 85th birthday, joining family, friends and associates in celebrating the joyous occasion.
According to the statement, Buhari said he believes the former Head of State, 1976 – 1979 and former President of Nigeria, 1999-2007, “is a study in patriotism, leadership and courage, leading the country to democratic government in 1979 and taking over the reins of power as elected President in 1999”.
President Buhari affirmed that the former President’s influence continues to resonate beyond the country, extending to the international community and multilateral institutions.
“As a former military and civilian leader, with a strong network nationally and internationally, the President extolled the wisdom, insight and versatility that Obasanjo brings to bear on things, reflecting his experience, diligence and versatility.
“On his 85th birthday, the President joins family members in thanking God for the life, health and alertness of the former leader, praying for grace and more strength as he serves the country, Africa and the world”, it stated.