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Jonathan hails Gowon at 89

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the media on the situation in Chibok and the success of the World Economic Forum in Abuja May 9, 2014. Jonathan said on Friday he believes 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents last month are still in his country and have not been moved to Cameroon. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW BUSINESS)



Former President Goodluck Jonathan has felicitated with Gen. Yakubu Gowon on the occasion of his 89th birthday.


Jonathan, in a goodwill message he signed and sent to journalists by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, described Gowon as an inspiring and humble leader.


The former Bayelsa State governor affirmed that Gowon “has contributed immensely to the unity, peace and development of Nigeria.”


He commended him for his commitment to the cause of advancing the nation and mobilizing citizens toward national reconciliation, according to the Punch.


Jonathan said, “I join your family, numerous friends, and well-wishers to thank God Almighty for it has pleased Him to grant you wisdom, long life, and the grace of service. You have been an inspirational leader and patriotic statesman who has contributed immensely to the unity, peace, and development of Nigeria.


“As a leader, you have continued to offer yourself for national service long after leaving office; mobilizing citizens towards prayer and national reconciliation. As you celebrate, I wish you more fulfilling years in sound health, peace and joy.”

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