By Audrey Lotechukwu
THUR, 17 DEC, 2020-theGBJournal- Former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his 78th birthday today, wishing him God’s blessings as he leads the nation.
The former President Jonathan acknowledged President Buhari’s long-standing commitment to the country, adding that he had previously held key positions of leadership in service to our dear nation in a statement that he signed and seen by theGBJournal.
In the goodwill message Dr. Jonathan further said: “I join your family, friends, political associates and all Nigerians to congratulate you on the occasion of your 78 birthday.
“Yours has been a record of steadfast service to our nation at different political eras; having served as a military officer, military governor, minister, Head of State and now President of Nigeria.
“As you celebrate, on behalf of my family, I pray that God will keep you in perfect health and grant you the wisdom and strength to steer the ship of our nation to more enviable and loftier heights of peace and prosperity for all. Happy Birthday Your Excellency.”
On his side, Delta Governor Okowa said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Wednesday, that Buhari’s administration had continued to make progress in some key infrastructure areas, especially the railways and second Niger Bridge and urged him to remain unrelenting in his service to the nation.
According to him, the president’s patriotic service to the nation has impacted positively in some sectors of the economy.
The governor said “on the occasion of your 78th birth anniversary on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, I heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta.
“Your administration has demonstrated concern for the poor and vulnerable and small-scale traders across the country through the Social Investment Programmes designed to make life easier for the people.
“Your gesture of support to the States through bail-out funds and the Paris Club refunds has remained laudable as it came at a time when States were in dire need of funds to attend to some challenges, especially payment of pensions and arrears of local government workers’ salary.
“As you celebrate a life of remarkable accomplishments and great personal fulfillment, it is my prayer and that of Deltans that God will continue to grant you good health, wisdom and patience as you lead the world’s most populous black nation.
“On this auspicious occasion, I join your family, friends, well-wishers and other Nigerians to thank Almighty God for granting you a life of great attainments and abiding fulfilment.”