Delta state governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, has felicitated with former president of Nigeria, chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as he turns 79 years.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa wished former president Olusegun Obasanjo well at 79
In a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, Okowa prayed for the continued grace of good health and mind for chief Obasanjo.
“Chief Obasanjo, undoubtedly, exudes an inspiration very much needed at this stage of Nigeria’s socio-political and economic development and it is not for nothing that God has kept him as one of Nigeria’s guides,” Okowa said.
Okowa, who observed that chief Obasanjo does not beg issues said Nigeria needs such forthright leader, at all levels, if the country will see itself out of the woods of its myriad of challenges.
He recounted chief Obasanjo’s bold developmental legacies that dotted the Nigerian landscape from his days as a military head of state and as the civilian president between 1999 and 2007 and charged current leaders, both at the federal and state levels to buy into the elder statesman’s philosophy.
“Dear Chief Obasanjo, the remarkable achievements of your first and second sojourns as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are indelible in the Oil & Gas, Steel, Banking as well as the Communication Sectors of the Nigeria Economy.
“In a life that has seen you become a Statesman amidst your achievements in public service and political endeavours, there is great cause for you, members of your family, your many associates, protégés and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His benevolence upon you.
“As you deservedly celebrate this landmark, it is my prayer that Almighty God continue to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness.
“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His continued guidance, protection and provision for you in the past 79 years of a life of forthrightness and outstanding patriotism with which He has blessed you,” he said.
According to Aniagwu, the governor wished chief Obasanjo, a very happy 79th birthday celebration and prayed that God almighty grant him many more years of good health and strength to continue with his devotion to making Nigeria and Africa a better place for the people and all who live in it.
President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement issued by his media aide, Femi Adesina, warmly congratulated ex-president chief Olusegun Obasanjo in an early message for his 79 birthday on March 5, Saturday.
The president affirms that Obasanjo, who is approaching the octogenarian cycle has contributed immensely to the institutionalization of democracy in Nigeria and Africa through his personal sacrifice, extensive local and international networks, and God-given wisdom.