Buhari salutes Abdulsalami Abubakar at 77

Buhari salutes Abdulsalami Abubakar at 77

- Former head of state, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has clocked 77th-year-old

- President Buhari congratulated him, saying his life purpose is driven by a passion to serve his country and humanity

- According to the president, Abubakar’s visionary and selfless leadership style and willingness for inclusive growth and development sets him apart for commendation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, June 14, felicitated with Retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state, on his 77th birthday.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Buhari congratulated him on a life of purpose, “driven by a passion to serve his country and humanity.’’

The president’s message was conveyed in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.

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He extolled the former head of state’s commitment to peace, stability and development in Nigeria and Africa, “as he continually and relentlessly follows and counsels leaders and communities on values of togetherness and collective vision.’’

According to Buhari, Abubakar’s visionary and selfless leadership style and willingness for inclusive growth and development sets him apart for commendation, while the handing over to civilian government in 1999 secured an enduring place for him in history.

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He, therefore, joined family members, professional colleagues and friends in celebrating the African elder statesman and global voice.

He prayed that the almighty God would grant Abubakar “longer life and good health as he continues to serve humanity’’

Legit.ng previously reported that Abubakar called on Nigerians to learn to live in peace with one another. He said this on Thursday, September 28, in Gusau, Zamfara, while responding to questions from journalists.

The retired general urged those agitating for the restructuring of the country to follow due process and the rule of law. Abubakar said that Nigeria had evolved through a long history which began as a region, expanding to additional regions up to what are now the 36 states and the FCT.

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