Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday rejoiced with retired General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, his friends, associates and the good people of Taraba State and indeed all Nigerians on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
In a press statement released by his Media Office, the former Vice President and Waziri Adamawa described the retired General as a great Nigerian who is not only a pride to the nation, but a gift from God.
According to Abubakar, Danjuma and many of his contemporaries who were young military officers in the 1960s are patriots who cut their teeth in an epic struggle to hold Nigeria together when misunderstanding and grandstanding threatened to tear the nation asunder.
He said that they were able to toil and keep the country together is a great feat for which all Nigerians would forever remain grateful.
Abubakar said the fact that Danjuma is today celebrating the grand age of 80 years is a testimonial to the fact that he has divine favour and that the Almighty still has tasks for him to accomplish in making his beloved country, Nigeria, a better country in view of the myriad of problems the country is currently facing.
The Waziri Adamawa said that the former Minister of Defence is a man of distinction, having done very well in many aspects of life, adding that his longevity is as a result of the satisfaction he feels and the prayers of all those whose life he has positively touched.
The former Vice President said Danjuma’s dossier is intimidating as a fearless soldier, General and Defence Minister, businessman and entrepreneur, philanthropist of no mean feat, nationalist, boardroom leader of many top companies and Statesman.
According to Abubakar, only few men who have the favour of God can have all these accomplishments attached to their name.
The statement added: “The Waziri Adamawa wishes this great son of Nigeria, and one of Nigeria’s foremost Statesmen, many happy returns on his birthday and prays that the Almighty continue to spare his life to enable the country to continue to benefit from his wisdom and experience.”