As former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme celebrates his 80th birthday on Sunday, October 21, 2012, President Jonathan has eulogized him as a living personification of the highest ideals of patriotism and selfless service.
In a congratulatory letter to Chief Ekwueme, President Jonathan extolled the former Vice President’s laudable contributions to national development over the years, saying that his “unassailable integrity and consummate diligence” have made him one of Nigeria’s most respected elder statesmen.
“On the occasion of your landmark 80th birthday anniversary, I join your family, friends, and well-wishers in thanking Almighty God for the richly fulfilled life He has blessed you with.
“A thorough-bred professional, an accomplished administrator and leader of men, an epitome of the highest ideals of selfless service and unwavering patriotism, your unassailable integrity and consummate diligence have combined to make you one of our most respected national icons today.
“Over the years, you have consistently invested the benefit of your inspiring attributes in dedicated service to our dear country, while continuing to avail our generation of leaders of your enduring wise counsel. It is my prayer that Almighty God continues to keep and prosper you even as He blesses you with robust health and a life of perpetual fulfilment,” President Jonathan wrote.
On behalf of his family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the President wished Chief Ekwueme very happy birthday celebrations.