19th November, 2023
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
President Bola Tinubu has celebrated former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as he clocks 66 years, describing him as an icon of democracy.
Tinubu, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale on Sunday, praised Jonathan for his unique demonstration of statesmanship and for his 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 he shared the joyous occasion with one of the nation’s icons of democracy, whose humility continues to inspire hope for good governance in the country and on the continent.
The President believes the former President possessed a distinguished profile on leadership, rising up the ladder as Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice-President and President, and now championing the cause of peace in Africa by bringing together and counselling leaders on harmonious co-existence for the benefit of the people they serve.
Tinubu commended Jonathan for committing himself to the service of humanity and to strengthening democratic institutions, exemplified by his relentless peace missions and advocacy of non-violence in the peaceful transition of power across the African continent.
As the former President clocks 66, President Tinubu affirmed that his wisdom, foresight, and patriotism will continue to set an example for leaders aspiring to make a difference in Nigeria and beyond.
The President prayed that God Almighty would continually sustain the former President and his wife, Patience, in good health and strength.