Governor Dickson, who stated this in a congratulatory message to the elder statesman on his 88th birthday anniversary, expressed appreciation over fatherly, patriotic and nationalistic dispositions of Alhaji Shagari, adding that as a detribalized leader, he has consistently rendered selfless services to the nation.
“You are indeed a symbol of a democratic, united and egalitarian Nigeria in whom we are all well pleased.”
The statement equally commended him for his continued efforts at promoting inter ethnic and religious harmony as well as national unity and understanding among various sections of the Nigerian society.
According to Governor Dickson, Shehu Shagari’s life history, especially in the public service has remarkably touched and transformed millions of Nigerians and called on the younger generation of Nigerians to emulate him.
“Your life history has remarkably touched and transformed millions of Nigerians in the course of your public service to the nation.”
“God grant you excellent health and strength as you continue to provide purposeful counsel and support to our great Nation.”