Jonathan Congratulates Shagari At 89, Commiserates With Emir Of Kano

Nigeria’s first democratically-elected President, Shehu Shagari

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.

Council Of State Approves Holding Of National Conference

The Council of States on Tuesday approved the convocation of a National Conference as suggested by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Council meeting, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan ended at the Presidential Villa, with the body endorsing some key national programmes.

Some of the decisions taken by the council after a comprehensive deliberation by its members include the approval of the appointment of a new chairman for the National Population Commission, NPC.

At the end of the meeting, the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam told journalists that the Council of State is worried about the insecurity situation in the country, and following a briefing by the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), the council said that some of the unguarded statements by some politicians are capable of inciting the people.

It therefore warned politicians to be careful, to avoid issues that would incite the generality of the people.

Present at the meeting were former president, Shehu Shagari, Generals Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar, as well as Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, some state governors, and former chief justices of the federation.

The meeting lasted for about six hours, from 10.45am till 5pm.