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President Jonathan felicitates with Chief Shonekan on his 79th birthday, extols former Head of State’s contributions to national development

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has felicitated with Chief Ernest Shonekan on the occasion of his 79th birthday anniversary, saying that Nigeria owes the former Head of State a huge debt of gratitude for his immense contributions to national development.

Chief Ernest Shonekan

Chief Ernest Shonekan

“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 79th birthday anniversary, tomorrow, May 9, 2015.

“Over the years, you have always readily given of yourself to the cause of peace, stability, growth and development in our country, Nigeria. For this, we owe you an enduring debt of gratitude,” President Jonathan wrote to Chief Shonekan.

The President wished Chief Shonekan a very happy birthday and prayed that God Almighty will continue to guide and bless him.

President Jonathan has similarly felicitated with Chief Jim Nwobodo who celebrates his 75thbirthday tomorrow.

In a congratulatory letter to the former Governor of old Anambra State, President Jonathan noted that Chief Nwobodo had every cause to celebrate and  thank God Almighty for His benevolence on the joyful occasion of his 75th birthday anniversary.

“In a life that has seen you reach the apex of your entrepreneurial, public service and political endeavours, there is great cause for you, members of your family, your many associates, protégés and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His benevolence upon you.

“As you deservedly celebrate this landmark, it is my prayer that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness,” President Jonathan wrote to Chief Nwobodo.

He wished him very happy birthday celebrations.


Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)


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