The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party
in the February 25 presidential elections, Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party
counterpart, Peter Obi, have congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan
on his 66th birthday.
Abubakar, in a post on his X account on Monday morning,
praised Jonathan, describing him as a prominent figure who embodies the values
of democracy, peace, and freedom.
“Your unwavering commitment to these ideals continues to
inspire and guide practitioners of democracy, not just in the sub-region but
the entire African continent.
“As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, I extend
heartfelt wishes for your continued robust health and profound wisdom. May your
journey ahead be as impactful and enriching as the legacy you’ve built,” he
Obi, in his congratulatory message on Monday, thanked “God
for what he has used you to do for our country, Africa, and global democracies
as President and former President.”
He lauded Jonathan’s recent mission to Liberia for their
election, which led to a run-off. He stated that the election made many
Nigerians nostalgic about Jonathan’s sacrifice for democracy in the country in
“God will continue to bless you for that rare patriotism
that elevated our beloved country in global democracies worldwide,
notwithstanding spirited efforts to undermine it. That singular act of yours,
accompanied by the landmark quote “My political ambition is not worth the blood
of any Nigerian” says it all about your commitment to democracy where the will
of the people prevails.
“As you celebrate this unique day in your life, it’s my
prayer that God Almighty will bless and keep you in good health of mind and
body for many more positive things for our country and humanity,” he wrote.
Jonathan, who served as the president of Nigeria from 2010
to 2015, was born in 1957 in Bayelsa State.
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