The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Saturday, said, “ the former Head of State, 1976 — 1979 and former President of Nigeria, 1999-2007, is a study in patriotism, leadership and courage, leading the country to democratic government in 1979, and taking over the reins of power as elected President in 1999.
Buhari stated this in a congratulatory message contained in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari congratulates former president Olusegun Obasanjo at 85’.
“The President affirms that the former President’s influence continues to resonate beyond the country, extending to the international community and multilateral institutions.
“As a former military and civilian leader, with a strong network nationally and internationally, President Buhari extols the wisdom, insight and versatility that Chief Obasanjo brings to bear on things, reflecting his experience, diligence and versatility.
“On his 85th birthday, the President joins family members in thanking God for the life, health and alertness of the former leader, praying for grace and more strength as he serves country, Africa and the world.