President Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, August 17, congratulated former Military President, retired Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, on his 78th birthday.
According to President Buhari in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity: “On behalf of the Federal Executive Council, my family, and all Nigerians, please accept my warm felicitations on your 78th birthday.
“On this special day of your life, the reminiscences of your courage and invaluable service to the Army in protecting the sovereignty of the country, come to the fore. Thank you for the role of Statesman you are playing in the affairs the nation.
“As you age gracefully, the country will continue to look up to you for guidance and wisdom.
”May Allah continue to increase your health and grant you the strength to give your best to your family and the nation”, Buhari prayed.
Elsewhere, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, praised the virtues of the former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
Atiku, in a special congratulatory birthday message, signed by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, highlighted the nation-building roles played by IBB, who turned 78.
He said: “General Babangida as a young Officer, fought for the unity and indivisibility of our fatherland.
“And as Head of State, he not only spearhead the physical relocation of the nation’s capital from Lagos to Abuja, but politically too, championed and implemented the ideal of a two-party system, which enlisted the majority of Nigerians.
“In and out of Office, General Babangida carries himself with immense grace, comportment, and dignified charisma”, the statement read in part.
Atiku also prayed for good health and long life for Babangida, in his continued service to the nation.
The main opposition party, PDP, in its statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, commended Babangida for dedicating his life for the unity, stability, and development of Nigeria.
The party extolled the virtues of the former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, GCFR, while as a Statesman.
“The National Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on behalf of the teeming members of our great party, heartily congratulates former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida GCFR, on the occasion of his 78th birthday.
“The PDP holds Gen. Babangida in great esteem as a patriotic, fearless, and detribalised Leader, who has dedicated his life for the unity, stability and development of our dear nation.
“Gen. Babangida is celebrated for his many legacies while in Office, as well as his steadfastness and exceptional commitment towards national cohesion, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence in our country.
“Indeed, from this great Nigerian flows an enduring lesson in selfless service. His life epitomises the true virtue of statesmanship, and the fact that one can indeed climb to the very top and yet remain humble and accessible.
“The PDP therefore, joins family members, friends, associates, and well-wishers, in rolling out the drums in celebration of this outstanding Leader, while praying God to continue to bless him with many more years of good health and sound mind, so that our nation will continue to benefit from his wealth of experience, for the good of all”, the PDP concluded.