Jonathan Felicitates with Gowon at 85

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Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has felicitated with ex-Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon on the occasion of his 85th birthday, describing him as a courageous and patriotic leader.

In a goodwill message he personally signed the former President praised Gowon as a diligent leader who held Nigeria together at a difficult period in the life of the nation.

Below are excerpts from the message:

“I rejoice with you and all your well-wishers as you mark your 85th birthday.

“You are a courageous leader who diligently served Nigeria with honour and love, especially at a difficult time in the life of our nation.

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“Long after you left office, your passion and sense of patriotism have not diminished, as you have continued to work and fervently pray for our country’s growth and development.

“As a statesman you have remained resolutely committed to the peace and unity of Nigeria.

“On behalf of my family, I wish you more strength and peaceful years as you celebrate.

Happy Birthday Your Excellency.”

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