As birthday greetings continue to pour in for Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as he clocks 76 today (Tuesday), the Northern States Governors Forum has described the former President as the reference point on good governance, statesmanship, diplomacy, conflict resolution and prudent management of resources.
While paying tribute to Obasanjo, the Northern Governors’ stated that the former Nigerian leader has lived a fulfilled life of service to Nigeria and humanity.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mallam Danladi Ndayebo, on Monday, Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, said Nigeria had been lucky to have the former President at every “twist and turn in our march to nationhood”.
The statement read, “It is no longer news that in 1976, destiny beckoned on General Obasanjo to become Nigeria’s Head of State; an era that ushered in huge developmental drive in our journey to nationhood and in the exercise of greatness, he voluntarily relinquished power and handed it over to a civilian administration in 1979.
“He returned to the presidency in 1999 from the verge of death to the flourishing tree of democracy he planted, this time as the gardener and the nourisher.”
The governors extolled Obasanjo’s legacies in all sectors of the and that they were proud to be associated with his achievements; especially his contribution to the deepening of the nation’s fledgling democracy.
The governors also prayed God to grant Obasanjo excellent health, courage and many more years of selfless service to Nigeria and humanity.