President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida as a major part of Nigeria’s political history.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, to congratulate the former Head of State on the occasion of his 76th birthday, the Senate President described IBB as one of Nigeria’s most prolific Statesmen.
Saraki commended IBB for the role he has continued to play to bring about the development and progress of the country.
“The former Military President has played a key role in the history and development of our nation,” Saraki said, “IBB’s leadership, commentaries and advice on the state of our polity and how to move our nation forward have been pivotal since he left office.
“I wish him good health and many more years as he celebrates his 76th birthday ,” the President of the Senate said, “I pray that the Almighty Allah will continue to bless, guide and protect our former Head of State.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, also felicitated with Babangida on the occasion of his 76th birthday anniversary.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Speaker Dogara said the former Nigerian leader has over the years displayed qualities of a true leader and elderstatesman.
“Over the years, you have displayed qualities of a true leader, most of all in the personal sacrifices you have made for the betterment of Nigeria’s political environment and for the overall Unity, development and wellbeing of the country.”
“As an elder statesman, you have made yourself accessible to us, the younger generation of leaders, in times when we needed advice from more experienced elders for purposes of taking important decisions”.
He prayed almighty God to bless, protect, preserve and grant the former leader many more fruitful years of selfless and meritorious service to fatherland.