President Bola Tinubu on Monday felicitated ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on his 66th birthday, describing the statesman as an icon of democracy.
Tinubu said Jonathan gave Nigeria and Africa, a pride of place in democratic lore by upending the vitiating paradigm of those who seek to hold onto power by all means.
The President prayed that God Almighty will continually sustain the former President of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP)and his wife, Patience, in good health and strength.
“On behalf of the people and government of Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu celebrates former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on his 66th birthday, for his unique demonstration of statesmanship and for his distinguishing achievement as a leader, who gave Nigeria and Africa, a pride of place in democratic lore by upending the vitiating paradigm of those who seek to hold onto power by all means,” he said in a statement.
The statement, signed by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, was obtained by Persecondnews on Sunday in Abuja.
Tinubu shared the joyous occasion with one of our icons of democracy, whose humility continues to inspire hope for good governance in the country and on the continent.
He said he believed that Jonathan possess a distinguished profile on leadership, rising up the ladder as Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice-President and President, and now championing the cause of peace in Africa by bringing together and counselling leaders on harmonious co-existence for the benefit of the people they serve.
The President also commended Jonathan for committing himself to the service of humanity and to strengthening democratic institutions, exemplified by his relentless peace missions and advocacy of non-violence in the peaceful transition of power across the African continent.
“Your wisdom, foresight, and patriotism will continue to set an example for leaders aspiring to make a difference in Nigeria and beyond.”