In less than three hours ago, President Muhammadu Buhari finally decided to wish one of the Nigeria most prominent figure, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo happy 85 birthday after media condemnation of the President action who kept mum earlier; unlike the Presidency who always send presidential goodwill messages to prominent Nigerians on the occasion of their birthday anniversary and other special occasions.
In the presidential birthday message sent to Obasanjo as signed and made available by Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari spokesperson on Media and Publicity, Buhari described Obasanjo as a man worthy to be studied in patriotism, leadership and courage for leading the country to democratic government in 1979 and taking over power as civilian elected President in 1999 which he handed power back to civilian government in 2007.
The presidential birthday message to Olusegun Obasanjo reads thus:
On behalf of the Federal Government and Nigerians in general, President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 85th birthday, joining family, friends and associates in celebrating the joyous occasion.
President Buhari 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.
The President affirms 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, President Buhari extols the wisdom, insight and versatility that Chief 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 country, Africa and the world.