President Goodluck Jonathan has felicitated with former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on the occasion of his 70th birthday anniversary.
Abubakar clocked 70 on Wednesday, June 12.
In a congratulatory message, Jonathan prayed God to continue to grant Abubakar good health and many more years of fruitful service to the country.
``On the occasion of your landmark 70th birthday anniversary, I write on behalf of my family, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, to extend warm felicitations to you.
``There is no doubt whatsoever that over the past 70 years, you have lived a richly productive and fulfilled life,’’ he said.
The president said that Abubakar’s uncommon diligence, gallantry, loyalty, patriotism, and enduring sense of committed service saw him rise to the pinnacle of his chosen military career.
He said the same qualities also saw ``the onerous duty of the political leadership of our nation thrust upon your shoulders at a critical period in Nigeria’s developmental history’’.
The President also hailed Abubakar’s courage in the delivery of the country’s transition to democratic governance in May 1999 and for giving himself to the service of the nation and conflict resolution across the African continent.