The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday felicitated with former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, as he clocks 77.
Dogara, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja, described Babangida as a bridge-builder, committed patriot and charismatic statesman.
According to Dogara, the elder statesman is a courageous, visionary and exemplary leader who continues to guide, mentor and inspire new generation of leaders through advice on national issues.
He said: “You are truly a great asset to Nigeria and a source of inspiration to many new generations of leaders as well as upcoming ones.
“This is owing to your distinguished military and democratic credentials, steadfastness and show of uncommon statesmanship.
“As a former Nigerian leader and elder statesman, you have consistently availed yourself to the younger generation of leaders to tap from your wealth of experience.”
He noted that younger generation of leaders had been seeking for Babandiga’s wise counsel and advice in times of need.
Dogara said: “You are indeed a great leader with vast network and influence and a promoter of ideals of democracy as well as a rallying point for genuine democrats.”
The speaker prayed God to grant the elder statesman good health.
He added: “As you celebrate this milestone, I join other well-meaning Nigerians to pray God Almighty to continue to preserve you for us, bless you and grant you good health for the service of the country and humanity.”
Babangida, who was born on 17 August 1941 in Minna, Niger and a retired Nigerian Army General, was President of Nigeria from August 27 1985 to 26 August 26 1993.
He previously served as the Chief of Army staff from January 1984 to August 1985.