President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 60th birthday, which comes up on Monday.
Mr. Buhari’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday.
The President joined members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, professional colleagues, associates of Mr. Jonathan, and his family in celebrating the unique history of the Nigerian leader.
He noted that the former president, within a short period, rose from being a Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President to becoming Nigeria’s President for six years.
According to him, Mr. Jonathan’s foray into politics and ascendency to the highest political office in Nigeria from a humble riverine background testifies to the greatness and inclusiveness of Nigeria’s democracy, and serves as an invitation to all those with interest to add value to the nation.
President Buhari prayed that the almighty God would bless the former president with good health, wisdom and strength to continue serving the country.
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has also congratulated the former president on his 60th birthday, saying his life and politics had been defined by patriotism and humility.
The party stated this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, on Sunday in Abuja.
The party recalled that the commendable and exemplary conduct of Mr. Jonathan before and after the 2015 presidential election demonstrated his patriotism and love for Nigeria.
The statement urged the former president to remain steadfast to the positive ideals he stood for and continue to support the development of the country.
It wished Mr. Jonathan many more happy, healthy and rewarding years of service to the nation.