In the letter, President Jonathan praised the elder statesman and former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth for his tireless service to the nation.
“On the occasion of your landmarkeightieth birthday anniversary which comes up on Friday the 18th of January 2013, I write to heartily felicitate with you and your family on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“In the past four score years of a life of outstanding accomplishment and great personal fulfillment, you have not only served our nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication, you have also brought great pride to Nigeria through your notably successful service as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations. Till date, you continue to give of yourself in the service of the fatherland.
“I join your family, friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life and to pray that He continues to bless you with robust health and imbue you with His continued guidance, protection, and enduring provision,” President Jonathan wrote.
He wished Chief Anyaoku “a very richly deserved Happy Birthday”.