84th Birthday: Labaran Maku Describes TY Danjuma as an Icon, Statesman

84th Birthday: Labaran Maku Describes TY Danjuma as an Icon, Statesman

  • Prominent Nigerians across the country and beyond have been sending birthday wishes to Lt-Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd)
  • Danjuma, a highly-respected retired army chief and accomplished businessman, turned 84 years recently which attracted accolades from far and near
  • Veteran journalist and former minister of information and defence, Labaran Maku has joined other Nigerians in hailing the impact of Danjuma in Nigeria

FCT, Abuja - Former minister of information, Labaran Maku has congratulated elder statesman, Lt-Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) on his 84th birthday.

Maku, an accomplished journalist turned politician sent his congratulatory message to the Taraba-born retired military chief via a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, December 10.

TY Danjuma as an icon, statesman
TY Danjuma is one of Nigeria's most respected statesmen. Photo credit: TY Danjuma media
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He described Danjuma as one of Nigeria’s most feared and respected soldiers, adding that the businessman's image looms large in Nigeria's political and business environments.

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Part of the statement read:

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“At a very tender age, his legendary courage saw him playing decisive roles in the military and political history of Nigeria.
“His patriotism and commitment to the unity, stability, and greatness of our nation is outstanding.
“A man of his words and man of few words, Général Danjuma was a gallant soldier at war, an astute and visionary military leader who along with his colleagues helped transform the Nigerian Army into a truly professional force after the civil war.

“He is certainly one of the key actors who have helped in safeguarding the stability of Nigeria at critical moments in the past 50 years of our political development.

“He is perhaps the only soldier who more than once turned down the opportunity and persuasions from his colleagues to lead Nigeria as military Head of State and Commander in Chief.

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“He is also reputed to be one of the guarantors of the Army’s resolve to return Nigeria to democratic rule after long stretches of military intervention in the politics of the nation.
“Out of uniform, he entered the stormy world of business and has recorded a huge success in building a corporate fortune in shipping, real estate, oil and gas, and sundry business ventures that have made him a true General in the corporate world!
“He is today one of the foremost philanthropists and donors to social causes, especially to health and educational institutions in Nigeria; and for the welfare of the less privileged!
“The TY foundation which manages his corporate social responsibility investment is one of the most impactful donors to the needy in Nigeria!
“He remains hands-on in business and continues to play influential roles in Nigeria’s political development, especially in finding solutions to the political, security, and economic challenges that have encumbered our country in recent years.

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“As he turns 84 I wish him continued good health and strength to offer his vast wealth of experience to finding enduring solutions to our country’s current challenges and to help enhance Nigeria’s unity and stability as he has always done over the last 50 years.”

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari recently congratulated Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, on his 70th birthday.

The president's best wishes to Alhaji Mohammed were contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 7, by Femi Adesina, his special adviser on media and publicity.

Buhari extolled Alhaji Mohammed who he described as a devoted public servant and saluted the minister for his sacrifices and contributions in raising formidable information machinery that went a long way in bringing changes in the country.

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Legit.ng previously reported that Buhari felicitated with his immediate predecessor, former President Goodluck Jonathan, on his 64th birthday anniversary which was on Wednesday, November 17.

In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, November 16, by his spokesman Buhari congratulated Jonathan for serving the country and working for the peace and advancement of democracy in Africa.

He said Jonathan had continued to expand the boundaries of leadership by teaching many in the country the power of focus, consistency and diligence, having served in various capacities.

Source: Legit.ng

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