“President Buhari congratulates Gen. Abubakar for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country,” a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) said.
“The President notes the goodwill that the former Head of State continues to attract to the country, both at national and international levels, particularly sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
“As Gen. Abubakar turns 79, President Buhari prays that the almighty God will increase his wisdom, strength and give him longer life to keep serving the country,” the statement concluded.
Senator Lawan, in his statement, rejoices with the Niger state born elder statesman, his family, friends and numerous well-wishers on the auspicious occasion of his 79th birthday.
He said that “the General will forever be remembered for his demonstration of uncommon statesmanship and patriotism by quickly guiding Nigeria into the Fourth Republic, which has been our country’s most enduring democratic dispensation.
“The Senate President praises General Abubakar’s efforts since his retirement in the promotion of peace, unity and good governance in Nigeria,” and prayed God to grant him many more years in good health so that he can continue his selfless service to his fatherland.