2nd January, 2022
By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari said retired Maj.-Gen. Haladu Hananiya is a blessing to Nigeria, having “left positive impacts on the lives of so many people” in the course of his service to the country.
Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the president stated this in a personally signed congratulatory message to the former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom on his 80th birthday anniversary.
President Buhari said: ”I write, on behalf of my family, to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 80th Birthday celebration. We are glad to share in the joy of this auspicious occasion.
“This occasion vividly brings to mind your far-reaching achievements. I wish to acknowledge your sterling military career, where you rose to the exalted position of Major General and retired in 1986.
“You have been a blessing to our dear nation and have left positive impacts on the lives of so many people.
”I cannot forget in a hurry how you offered to serve, even after retirement, as the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps from 1984-1999 and President of the African Sub-Group of the International Road Safety Organization.
“Your services as the Defence Adviser, Nigeria High Commission, London, 1978 to 1981; Nigerian High Commissioner, United Kingdom, 1984 and Ambassador to Socialist Ethiopia accredited to Somalia; Organization of African Unity and Economic Commission for Africa from 1985-1987, are still green in our memories.
“For these and much more, we are grateful to God for preserving you in good health.
“May the Almighty God, in His infinite mercy, continue to guide, protect, multiply and bless you abundantly.”