The nation owes Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar debt of gratitude for always putting the interest of the country and its citizens first – Buhari

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*Photo L-R: Buhari, Abubakar*

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President Muhammadu Buhari has extoled the qualities of former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), saying the nation owes him debt of gratitude for always putting the interest of the country and its citizens first, and working for the greater good of Nigeria and a better Africa.

This was disclosed in a congratulatory message to the general on his 80th birthday.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina who signed the message said “On behalf of the government and his family, President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm felicitations to Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State and Chairman of the National Peace Committee, on his 80th birthday, June 13, 2022.

“The President joins family members, friends and associates of the former Head of State in celebrating the milestone, taking into full cognisance the historic roles he has played in the unity and peace of Nigeria, and in laying the building blocks of democracy.

“The President notes the meritorious service of the former Chief of Defence Staff, sacrificing for the country and African continent by participating in peace missions and negotiating for the upholding of democracy across the continent.

“President Buhari extols the humility and humanity of the Army General, who chose the noble path by ensuring transition to democratic government in 1999, and midwifed a peaceful handover process in 2015.On his 80th birthday, the President believes the nation owes Gen. Abubakar debt of gratitude for always putting the interest of the country and its citizens first, and working for the greater good of Nigeria and a better Africa.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will continually bless the former Head of State with good health, strength and wisdom.”

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