On behalf of the Federal Executive Council, and all Nigerians, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, congratulates former Head of State and African elder statesman, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 75TH birthday, today June 13, 2017.
Prof. Osinbajo joins the family and friends of General Abubakar in celebrating this significant milestone, noting that his life has been marked by a distinguished career in the military and a remarkable role in the political history of our country.
Acting President Osinbajo recalls how in 1999 General Abubakar successfully chaperoned the democratic transition from military rule in Nigeria, and commends his determination and forthright resolve that ended 16 years of military dictatorship.
More recently, according to the Acting President, General Abubakar’s contributions and intervention in midwifing a peaceful transition from a ruling party to an opposition party after the 2015 elections, reflects his deep sense of patriotism, service to nation and commitment to Nigeria’s progress and development.
The Acting President also extols the readiness of the former Head of State in accepting to serve as United Nations and African Union’s envoy promoting peace and good governance in Africa.
Prof. Osinbajo believes the elder statesman has etched his name in the annals of history of Nigeria, with his penchant for peace and the development of Nigeria and Africa.
The Acting President prays that the almighty God will grant General Abubakar longer life, good health, and as his days are, so shall his favor, wisdom and strength with God be.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Acting President
June 13, 2017