President Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, as well as the Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, felicitated former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 66th birthday, saying his wisdom, foresight and patriotism continue to inspire leaders aiming to make a difference in Nigeria and beyond.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, conveyed Tinubu’s birthday message to Jonathan in a statement he signed on Sunday titled ‘President Tinubu celebrates an icon of democracy, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, at 66.’
The President celebrates Jonathan “for his unique demonstration of statesmanship and distinguishing achievement as a leader, who gave Nigeria and Africa a pride of place in democratic lore by upending the vitiating paradigm of those who seek to hold onto power by all means,” Tinubu said.
Also, Diri, in his congratulatory message to the ex-president, described him as a unique and quintessential democrat and statesman.
The Bayelsa State Governor said the former Nigerian leader carved a niche for himself through his glowing and exemplary democratic credentials.
In the message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, on Sunday, Diri said, “Your credential as a global democracy ambassador and icon is outstanding.
“You have become a symbol of hope to nations and individuals by your exemplary conduct in public life.
“As a people and as a state, we are fortunate to have produced a leader like you that the whole world is proud of. We remain indebted for your lofty ambassadorial profile. The government and people of Bayelsa State celebrate this moment with you and your family.”