President Goodluck Jonathan has extolled the virtues of former President Alhaji Shehu Shagari, describing him as a committed patriot and outstanding leader.
The president, who stated this in a letter he personally wrote to congratulate the former leader on his 90th birthday, said the present administration will continue to count on Shagari’s support and solidarity.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, noted in a statement yesterday that Jonathan wrote to felicitate with Shagari on the occasion of his 90th birthday, which is today (Tuesday).
According to Abati, President Jonathan prayed that Almighty Allah will continue to bless the former president with good health and long life.
The statement quoted the president as writing: “It is with profound joy that I write on behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, to express very warm felicitations to you.
“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty Allah for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past ninety years of a life of forthrightness and outstanding leadership with which He has blessed you.
“It is gratifying to note that our Administration can continue to count on the solidarity and support of accomplished, highly respected statesmen and committed patriots like you as we vigorously pursue our national transformation efforts.
“As you celebrate this historic day, it is my prayer that Almighty Allah continues to prosper you and imbue you with robust health as you continue to give of yourself in the service of our dear nation”, the President wrote to Alhaji Shagari.