- Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo continues to get accolades from prominent Nigerians as he celebrates his 84th birthday
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has joined many of his colleagues to wish the Nigerian former president well
- The governor noted that Nigeria recorded the best economic reforms during the administration of Obasanjo from 1999-2007
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state on Friday, March 5 felicitated with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as he clocks 84 years.
Okowa, in a statement by his spokesman, Olisa Ifeajika, said the former Nigerian leader remained the conscience of the nation.
According to him, it was during his tenure that reforms that repositioned banking, communication, and health sectors, and even pension matters, were introduced and paved way for the revolution of the Nigerian economy.
Part of the statement sent to Legit.ng read:
“On the occasion of your 84th birth anniversary on Friday, I heartily rejoice with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of Delta.
“As a country, Nigeria benefited immensely from your leadership at various times as several key infrastructures and economic reforms were the hallmarks of your leadership.”
In a brief statement posted on his Instagram page, Governor Abiodun prayed that the former president continues to age gracefully in excellent health.
Meanwhile, Obasanjo on Friday, March 5, that he once tested positive for COVID-19, adding that, however, he was relieved 72 hours later when subsequent tests came out negative.
The ex-president spoke about his near COVID-19 experience during a speech at a colloquium to celebrate his 84 birthday in his presidential library in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
He disclosed that so far he has tested negative three times for the virus, adding that the disease did not escalate in Africa as it did in America, Europe, and Asia, due to Africa’s luck to genetics, heat, and peculiar food in the environment.
The former leader also said God’s intervention cannot be ruled out of the reason why the pandemic did not wreak havoc in Africa.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.