Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said Nigeria owed Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Head of Interim National Government, a huge debt of gratitude for his contributions to national development.
The president said this in a release issued by his Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, to felicitate with Shonekan on his 79th birth anniversary.
"On behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 79th birthday anniversary.
"Over the years, you have always readily given of yourself to the cause of peace, stability, growth and development in our country, Nigeria.
"For this, we owe you an enduring debt of gratitude,” he said.
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The release said Jonathan wished Shonekan ‘’a very happy birthday and prayed that God Almighty will continue to guide and bless him’’.
Similarly, the president congratulated Chief Jim Nwobodo, former governor of old Anambra, on his 75th birthday.
In a congratulatory letter, Jonathan said that Nwobodo had every cause to celebrate and thank God Almighty for His benevolence.
"In a life that has seen you reach the apex of your entrepreneurial, public service and political endeavours, there is great cause for you.
"Members of your family, your many associates, protégés and well-wishers should thank Almighty God for His benevolence upon you.
"As you deservedly celebrate this landmark, it is my prayer that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness,” Jonathan stated.