By Nimot Adetola Sulaimon

President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated the former Military Governor of Plateau State, Rear Admiral Samuel Bitrus Atukum (Rtd.) as he turned 80.

His felicitations are contained in a press statement released by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity.

The President described Atukum as “one of the most dedicated military officers that had served under me as Head of State.”

“He belongs to a crop of officers whose zeal for duty and patriotism was impressive and worthy of emulation.”

“I am particularly impressed by the fact that Atukum had put professionalism and patriotism above other interests in the service of his country, and Nigeria cannot forget his sacrifices in the defence of its territorial integrity.”

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“As you savour the joy of this occasion, I pray to God to bless you with better health and longer life. I am proud of you and your service to Nigeria. I appeal to you not to hesitate to offer us your invaluable advice whenever necessary,” the President told the elder statesman.