Former Vice President and newly-appointed Waziri of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar, has described ex-military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, as a fine soldier, a greying sage, a man of honour, and a staunch believer in peace and lover of democracy.
Atiku, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), paid tribute to the retired military General, who made history by handing over power from a military junta to a joint ticket civilian administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo/Atiku Abubakar on May 29, 1999.
In a special congratulatory message released by his Media Office in Abuja to mark the former military Head of State’s 75th birthday, the former Vice President said, “General Abubakar is one of the finest soldiers of his era and an archetypal gentleman whose word was is bond” adding “he understood the use of power to create long lasting legacy that are not erasable by time or age.
“Unlike most military peers of his, who craved power with passion, the distinguished General ruled for just a year; delivered a constitution, midwifed an election and peacefully handed over power from military to civil rule.”
By so doing, Atiku noted, Mr. Abubakar “knowingly assuaged the hurt nerves of the country and promoted Nigeria into the comity of democratic nations” adding that “he has also been pursuing the cause of peaceful conflict resolution nationally and internationally.”
The former vice president prayed for many more years in good health in the service of humanity for the former leader.
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