President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has commended former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, for his unflagging dedication to peace, national unity, good governance and the well-being of all Nigerians.
In a congratulatory letter to Gowon on the occasion of his 78th birthday, President Jonathan praised him for continuing to “engender bridges of love and harmony across the country” after leaving office many decades ago.
He added: “On behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I wish to express warm felicitations to you on your 78th birthday anniversary which comes up on Friday, the 19th of October 2012.
“It is gratifying to note that after decades of worthy service to our fatherland, you continue to use your exalted position to engender bridges of love and harmony across the country; unwaveringly pursue the cause of good governance, and work dedicatedly to promote the welfare and well being of all Nigerians.
“As you celebrate another year of distinguished service and personal fulfillment, I join your family and friends to wish you a richly deserved Happy Birthday.”