Atiku, in a recent statement today hailed the contributions of Obasanjo to the development of Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
According to him, no Nigerian has been involved in the country’s political space as positively as Obasanjo and his love for the nation and commitment to her unity is praiseworthy.
He added that lots of Nigerians will read about his birthday on their mobile phones, which is one of his legacies to them.
His words, “It is not an exaggeration to describe you as the preeminent political colossus in Nigeria, a nation that owes so much to you.
“Indeed, many Nigerians will read about your birthday on their GSM devices, which are one of your legacies to the Nigerian people.
“Your love for Nigeria and commitment to her unity, good governance and stability has prevented you from retiring, a sacrifice that my family and I deeply appreciate.
“From the Congo to South Africa to Angola to Liberia and São Tomé and Príncipe, your democratic finger print on the African continent is indelible.
“You have served and still serve as a beacon of democracy and a guardian of constitutionality.”
“By that singular action, you planted trees for generations yet unborn.
You hold the enviable and esteemed record of being the first African military ruler to have voluntarily, and without internal and external pressure, restored power to the government democratically elected by the Nigerian people.
“It was Not Your Will to be in office, but it was your will to bequeath democracy to Nigeria. And after 21 years of the Fourth Republic, Nigeria has cause to celebrate your democratic credentials.
“Happy birthday President Obasanjo. You are beloved now and forever.”
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