President Bola Tinubu, has on behalf of the people and government of Nigeria, celebrated former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on his 66th birthday.
In a statement by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu hailed Jonathan 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.
The president said he believes the former president possesses 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 coexistence for the benefit of the people they serve.
The president commended former President 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.
As the former president clocks 66, Tinubu affirmed that his wisdom, foresight, and patriotism will continue to set an example for leaders aspiring to make a difference in Nigeria and beyond.
The President prayed that God Almighty will continually sustain the former President and his wife, Patience, in good health and strength.
On his part, Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri described Jonathan as a unique and quintessential democrat and statesman.
Governor Diri, who eulogised Dr. Jonathan in a congratulatory message on his 66th birthday, said the former Nigerian leader carved a niche for himself through his glowing and exemplary democratic credentials.
In the message issued by his chief press secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, yesterday, the Bayelsa governor said Jonathan remains an unrivalled pride of not only the state but also of Nigeria and indeed the African continent.