President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday felicitated with Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, on his 80th birthday.
President Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, described the celebrant as one of Nigeria’s finest and most erudite lawyers.
The President said he was honoured to have enlisted the services of the dedicated gentleman as Minister of Transport and Education, during his tenure as Nigeria’s military Head of State.
“As you mark your 80th birthday, I am proudly reminded of your remarkable record of service as my then Minister of Transport and Education during my time as military leader.
“Your landmark achievements in law and in the public service are impressive and worthy of emulation by others,” the President wrote in a congratulatory message to the octogenarian.
President Buhari noted that “one of the greatest achievements of any individual is the ability to serve his country without compromising his reputation and integrity”, hailing the senior lawyer for “passing this test.
“As you celebrate your 80th birthday, the country is proud of your record of service, patriotism and integrity, and you remain a role model to others in the country.
“As you attain 80 in your life’s journey, I am proud to be a living witness to your shining virtues.
“May God continue to bless you with good health, wisdom and many more years of service to your community, country and society.”