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. ”
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. ”