President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory to elder statesman and former head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, on his 80th birthday.
Shonekan marked his birthday with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of Christ in Lagos
Buhari’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu on Monday, May 9, This Day reports.
The president applauded Shonekan for his immense contribution to national peace and development and the unity of the country.
The statement read: “The President believes that the historic role played by the octogenarian in forging and maintaining the unity of Nigeria will continue to endear him to many.
“He assured that his administration would continue look forward to his fatherly counsel and advice on how to move the nation forward.”
Buhari prayed that God would bless Shonekan with more years of good health and happiness to see the Nigeria of our dreams.
The elder statesman celebrated his birthday on Monday with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.
Buhari prayed that God would bless Shonekan with more years of good health
Those in attendance were Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, his wife and other dignitaries.
Amosun described Shonekan as an epitome of service to humanity and commitment to socio-economic development of Nigeria.
General Ibrahim Babaginda appointed Shonekan as interim president of Nigeria on August 26, 1993. This was after he (Babangida) resigned under pressure to cede control to a democratic government. Shonekan’s transitional administration lasted for only three months before he was ousted by a palace coup led by General General Sani Abacha.