Buhari greets Obasanjo at 82, says I still hold him in highest esteem

President Muhammadu Buhari has showered praises on former President Olusegun Obasanjo as he turns 82 years old , saying that he is “ a passionate and great patriot who deserves accolades for his immeasurable contributions to our democracy and national unity . ”The President said he would continue to accord Obasanjo respect , in spite of their political differences .

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Mr Garba Shehu, the President said , “ regardless of our political differences with Obasanjo , I still hold him in the highest esteem because his contributions to the development of the country overshadow those differences. ”

Recalling their days together in the country’ s Armed Forces , Buhari noted , “ Chief Obasanjo gave a good account of himself and inspired his juniors with his wit and other leadership skills. ”

On Obasanjo ’ s indelible marks, the President said , “ Nigeria ’ s successful transition to democratic rule in October 1979 was one of Obasanjo ’ s remarkable contributions to national development . ”

“ As he celebrates his 82 nd Birthday Anniversary , I wish Chief Obasanjo more good health, knowledge and wisdom in the service of Nigeria and humanity. ”

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