The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Saturday in Abuja, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an exceptionally patriotic leader.
The party celebrated the former Nigerian leader who turned 85 years.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, disclosed this in a statement he signed late Saturday, titled ‘PDP salutes former President Obasanjo at 85.’
In the statement, the main opposition said “Obasanjo is an exceptionally patriotic leader, courageous statesman, insightful administrator and global personality who continues to play pivotal roles towards the security, unity, stability and development of our dear nation, Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world at large.
“As a military leader, democratically elected President and now an elder statesman, Obasanjo remains a detribalised leader and firm believer in one and indivisible Nigeria established on the firm foundation of democracy, justice, equity, transparency and the Rule of Law.”
The PDP recalled Obasanjo’s leading role as Military Head of State to effectively steer the ship of state and returned the nation to democratic rule in 1979.
“As a democratically elected President, under the platform of our great Party, the PDP, Obasanjo ran an all-inclusive, transparent and development-oriented government, entrenched democratic practice, revamped the productive sectors, set up anti-corruption institutions and steadied the nation on the path of economic prosperity in line with the vision and manifesto of the PDP.
“Under the Obasanjo-led PDP administration, our nation paid off our foreign debt, instilled good governance to effectively empower Nigerians and stimulate rapid growth in critical sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, education, power, oil and gas, healthcare, housing, banking and finance, telecommunication among others, and made our nation a global investment destination,” the party said.
As an elder statesman, it said Obasanjo continues to make himself available for national service.
It also chided the Buhari regime, saying, “Indeed, if the current administration had followed Obasanjo’s wise counsels, our nation would not have been in its current sorry situation.”
The Party, therefore, felicitated with the former leader, praying that God grants him many more years in good health for greater service to the nation and humanity.