Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the Niger State Governor has extolled the virtues of former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida as he clocks 79 years on Monday.
Th former Nigerian military head of state as a nationalist who shaped the destiny of the Nigerian nation during his time.
In a congratulatory message signed on his behalf by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary Mary Noel Berje, Governor Bello said Babangida is also a true patriot who gave all his all to ensure the unity of the Nigerian nation.
“IBB’s doggedness and resolve in nation building were crucial to the stability, national and international unity as well as development of the country.
He said, these virtues have remained invaluable guardian for the nation’s quest for greatness.
However, the elder stateman’s policies programmes during his time as the military head of state in the country between 1985 and 1993 still stand the test of time.
The celebrant has since continued to symbolize statesmanship, professionalism, patriotism, vision and courage after his active service to the nation, Bello says.
He said: “Even as the former military president is advancing in age, he still remains an asset to the country, where his wise counsel and advice are needed for the growth and development of the state in particular and the nation as a whole.
Therefore, i congratulate you on this special day of commemorating your birth, on a precious day like this, because the memories of your courage, invaluable service to the Nigerian Army in protecting the sovereignty of the country and your exemplary leadership which have helped as well as stimulated the younger generations come to mind.
May you continue to get good health, strength, more blessing and reap the reward of your hard work.