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‘Icon of democracy’ — Tinubu celebrates Jonathan at 66

‘Icon of democracy’ — Tinubu celebrates Jonathan at 66
November 19
14:37 2023

President Bola Tinubu has felicitated Goodluck Jonathan, former president, on his 66th birthday.

In a statement released on Sunday by Ajuri Ngelale, his special adviser on media and publicity, Tinubu celebrated the former president for his unique demonstration of statesmanship and for his distinguishing achievement as a leader.

He said Jonathan gave Nigeria and Africa a pride of place in democratic lore by “upending the vitiating paradigm of those who seek to hold onto power by all means”.

“President Tinubu shares the joyous occasion with one of our icons of democracy, whose humility continues to inspire hope for good governance in the country and on the continent,” the statement reads.


“The President believes the former President possesses a distinguished profile on leadership, rising up the ladder as Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice-President and President, and now championing the cause of peace in Africa by bringing together and counselling leaders on harmonious co-existence for the benefit of the people they serve.

“The President commends former President Jonathan for committing himself to the service of humanity and to strengthening democratic institutions, exemplified by his relentless peace missions and advocacy of non-violence in the peaceful transition of power across the African continent.”

Tinubu expressed optimism that leaders aspiring to make a difference would emulate Jonathan’s wisdom, foresight, and patriotism. 


He wished the former president and Patience, his wife, sustained good health.

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