President Goodluck Jonathan has written to congratulate Nigeria’s first democratically-elected Executive President, Shehu Shagari, on the occasion of his 89th birthday, on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the letter was addressed to the former President at his residence in Sokoto.
President Jonathan praised his continued dedication to the unity and well-being of the nation.
“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I write to felicitate with you as you celebrate your 89th birthday anniversary.
“May Almighty Allah ceaselessly prosper you and bless you with robust health as you continue to give of yourself in the service of our dear nation,” President Jonathan wrote.
President Jonathan wished Alhaji Shehu Shagari a very happy birthday and also conveyed assurances of his highest consideration and warm personal regards to the former President.
The President has also written to commiserate with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero on the death last Friday of the Tafidan Kano, Alhaji Tijani Abubakar.
“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I write to commiserate with Your Highness, the people of Kano Emirate, and the entire people of Kano State on this sad loss,” President Jonathan wrote.
He prayed that Almighty Allah would grant the Emir, Alhaji Tijani’s family and the people of Kano the fortitude to cope with the painful loss of the Tafidan.