Nigerian leaders have started felicitating with the country’s first Executive President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, on he 92nd birthday celebration.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday congratulated Shagari.
In a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara noted that Shagari served Nigeria selflessly and always put the country first.
“Former president Shagari is an embodiment of humility and selfless service, a father of all and pillar of support.
“We celebrate him today as he marks his 92nd birthday.
“He has been a source of wisdom to all who go to him for counsel and remains a shining example of how leaders should be.
“On this special day, I pray that the almighty God continues to guide him and keep him in perfect health as he continues to age gracefully,” Dogara said.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan felicitated with Shagari.
A statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, on Saturday in Abuja, Jonathan described Shagari as “a man of honour and unmatched dignity, who left enduring legacy as President”.
The former president said that in an out of office, Shagari has continued to inspire generations of Nigerians through his patriotism, selflessness, simplicity and unwavering commitment to the peace and unity of Nigeria.
“You diligently served your nation as a teacher, parliamentarian and President.
“You have continued to serve her, even in your old age, as an elder statesman and sage who calmly offers his wise counsel on national issues.
“Your Excellency, in your wisdom you envisioned a great nation and I pray to God to grant you more fruitful years to see Nigeria attain that enviable height we all desire.” (NAN)