- March 5 is special for a former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo, who celebrates his birth anniversary on that day
- President Buhari did not join the list of those who sent good wishes on that day to Obasanjo as his message came a day later
- Felicitating with the ex-president, Buhari prayed for more wisdom and strength for Obasanjo
President Muhammadu Buhari penned a sweet message to former president Olusegun Obasanjo as he marked his 84th birth anniversary.
However, the president's message comes a day after Obasanjo celebrated his birthday on Friday, March 5.
In a statement on Saturday, March 6, by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president, Buhari wished the former president good health and happiness.
According to the president, Obasanjo served the country with loyalty and huge dedication.
He added that the country will never stop looking up to the ex Nigerian leader for wisdom.
Buhari also asked the almighty to give Obasanjo the strength to keep up with the good work he is doing for the country.
It should be recalled that last year, Buhari’s message to Obasanjo came on the eve of his 83rd birthday.
However, the former president received many birthday wishes from Nigerians from all walks of life on his special day.
One of those who sent goodwill messages was Dapo Abiodun, the governor of Ogun state.
In a brief statement posted on his Instagram page, Governor Abiodun showered praises on the former Nigerian leader, describing him as a "living legend".
He also prayed that the former president continues to age gracefully in excellent health.
Legit.ng earlier reported that during a speech at a colloquium to celebrate his birthday at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Kuto, Abeokuta, the ex-president spoke about his near COVID-19 experience.
According to him, he once tested positive for COVID-19, but was, however, relieved 72 hours later when subsequent tests came out negative.
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