Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as he clocks 63 on Friday, November 20, 2020.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State congratulates ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan as he clocks 63 on Friday, November 20, 2020.
In a statement on Thursday, November 19, 2020, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor commended the former president for his unique statesmanship and graceful disposition to issues.
He said that Jonathan’s bourgeoning role in entrenching democracy across Africa through his observer-mission activities was impactful and laudable.
He recalled the former president’s role in the peace process in Mali, describing it as “truly statesmanlike”.
According to the governor, Jonathan’s exemplary contributions aided the institutionalization of democracy and improvement of elections in Nigeria and Africa through his personal sacrifice and leadership by example.
The statement reads, “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate our leader and statesman, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, as he celebrates his 63rd birth anniversary.
“Your Excellency, it gives me pleasure to celebrate you for your continuous role in deepening democracy in our dear country and Africa.
“Your administration will long be remembered as the government that practised the rule of law and freedom of expression as there were no records of human rights abuses throughout your tenure.
“As our dear former President clocks 63 years today, it is my prayer and that of millions of Nigerians, that God will continue to strengthen him in his avowed commitment to ensuring greater peace, good governance and enduring democracy in Africa.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari earlier on Thursday heaped praises on Jonathan saying the ex-president’s life of service has brought honour and goodwill to Nigeria.
The president also hailed Jonathan’s ‘peculiar and remarkable climb’ on Nigeria’s political ladder, noting that his dedication has kept him working most recently as ECOWAS envoy to bring peace to the Republic of Mali.
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