From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umar Bago has described the former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida as a living legend as he marks his 82 years birthday.

Governor Bago in a birthday message, said the former Military President is a true patriot and nationalist who has made a tremendous impact in shaping the nation’s history and sacrifices to ensure the survival and unity of Nigeria.

He observed that the doggedness and resolve of the Octogenarian in nation-building were crucial to the stability, national and international unity as well as development of the country.

According to him, the policies and programmes of the elder statesman during his regime as the Military President of the country between 1985 and 1993 are still standing strong long after his active service to the nation.

Bago emphasized that Gen. Babangida as a strategist and courageous leader with wealth of knowledge and expertise in governance, diplomacy and public service has remained a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for generations to come.

Bago added, “No doubt your exemplary leadership qualities are worthy of emulation because they have contributed to nation-building.

He prayed Allah to grant him good health and strength to continue to provide wise counsel and advice desired for the growth and development of the State in particular and the Nation at large.

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