The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki has joined Nigerians to congratulate ex-President Shehu Shagari.
According to Leadership, Saraki said the exemplary character and humility of the former President stands him out from his peers in Nigeria and in Africa at large.
Shagari turned 91 on Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Senate President, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said “It is a great honour for me to join millions of Nigerians to wish you a happy 91st birthday. Let me say that you are a great source of inspiration to all of us having served the nation in a most meritorious manner, both as an educationist, minister and president with all your energy, wisdom and devotion. It is worthy of note that you are the oldest surviving head of the Nigerian nation today.
“Also, you remain a living library of Nigerian politics. Above all, it has taken many years and many miles for you to get to this very day, therefore, enjoy your well earned attainment in life.”
Former President Goodluck Jonathan also sent congratulatory messages to the on his 91st birthday.
Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, the Turakin Sakkwato was the President of Nigeria from 1979–1983. He also served as a member of the House of Representatives in 1954.
Shagari was however overthrown by General Muhammadu Buhari in a military coup on December 31, 1983.