- Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's former president, sent a message to Atiku Abubakar, ex-vice president, as the latter celebrates his 73rd birthday
- Jonathan spoke about Atiku's sound mind and health at his current age and attributed it to God's grace
- The former president noted Atiku's love for Nigeria and his efforts at ensuring the country's unity
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has described Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election as one who believes in the unity of Nigeria.
Jonathan said this in a congratulatory message to Atiku as he marked his 73rd birthday on Monday, November 25.
"Your Excellency, that you have come this far in good health and sound mind is a testimony of God's abundant grace and blessing in your life.
"You are a patriotic Nigerian and courageous statesman who is passionate about serving our nation and advancing the course of our country’s democracy," Jonathan said.
The former president said as a politician and successful entrepreneur, Atiku had cultivated people across Nigeria and built relationships that have extended beyond regional boundaries.
"My family and I pray for renewed strength, God’s wisdom and guidance as you aspire to do more towards addressing societal challenges," Jonathan added.
Legit.ng earlier reported how loyalists, friends and supporters of Atiku celebrated his birthday with Segun Sowunmi, one of his aides, setting the pace.
Sowunmi, in a message to Atiku, extolled the virtues of the Adamawa politician, saying the latter had mastered the art of self-discipline and control.
“Yours has so far been a life worthy of celebrations. Indeed the mercies of Allah must not be despised, from the beginning through a career in the public service, to such a beautiful family made up of such beautiful children and associates so numerous that cut across the length and breadth of the globe,” Sowunmi wrote.
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