Jonathan Congratulates Gowon At 82

Jonathan Congratulates Gowon At 82
October 19 20:04 2016 Print This Article

*Says ex-Head of State is a symbol of national unity

Former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has congratulated ex-Head?of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) on his 82nd birthday, describing him?as a symbol of national unity.

In a letter of felicitation to Gowon Jonathan thanked God for blessing?the ex-military Head of State with long life in good health.

A statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan’s media aide, also?quoted the former President as praising Gowon for his exemplary?leadership which ensured that Nigeria’s corporate existence remained?unshaken at a difficult period in the nation’s history.

It said further: “Your Excellency, I wish to, sincerely, congratulate?you on your 82nd birthday.

“It has pleased God Almighty to bless you with long life in good?health, for which we will continue to give Him thanks.

“You are a great nationalist and patriot who contributed so much to?ensure that Nigeria remained one. You led the country at a difficult?period in our history, when the unity of our dear country came under?grave threat. There is no doubt that your exemplary leadership,?strength of purpose and uncommon wisdom ensured that Nigeria’s?corporate existence remained unshaken.

“Even out of office, you have continued to be a symbol of national?unity and strength. Many generations of Nigerians will continue to be?grateful to you. It is my sincere prayer that God Almighty blesses?you with more productive years, and may He answer your relentless?prayers for a more united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

“Happy birthday Your Excellency.”

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