President Bola Tinubu has extended warm wishes to former President Goodluck Jonathan, referring to him as an “Icon of Democracy,” as the latter celebrates his 66th birthday. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, issued a statement on behalf of President Tinubu, highlighting Jonathan’s remarkable statesmanship and achievements.
According to the statement, Tinubu celebrated Jonathan for his unique demonstration of statesmanship and his notable contributions as a leader, breaking away from the prevailing paradigm of those who seek to cling to power by any means necessary.
President Tinubu shared in the joyous occasion with Jonathan, acknowledging him as an icon of democracy whose humility continues to inspire hope for good governance in Nigeria and across the continent. The statement underscored Jonathan’s distinguished leadership profile, ascending from Deputy Governor to Governor, Vice-President, and President.
Tinubu praised Jonathan for championing peace in Africa, bringing leaders together and providing counsel on harmonious co-existence for the benefit of their constituents. The President commended the former President for his commitment to humanity and efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, evident in his relentless peace missions and advocacy of non-violence in the peaceful transition of power across the African continent.
On the occasion of Jonathan’s 66th birthday, President Tinubu expressed confidence that his wisdom, foresight, and patriotism would continue to set an example for leaders aspiring to make a positive difference in Nigeria and beyond. The President concluded by offering prayers for God Almighty to sustain former President Jonathan and his wife, Patience, in good health and strength.