fulfilled life of service to Nigeria and humanity. Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said at 76, former President Obasanjo has remained the reference point on good governance, statesmanship, diplomacy, conflict resolution and prudent management of resources.
The forum recalled that Chief Obasanjo had a distinguished carrier in the military and then went on to become Head of State and later democratically elected president, during which period he showed rare vision, courage and exemplary leadership.
“It is no longer news that in 1976, destiny beckoned on General Obasanjo to become Nigeria’s Head of State; an era that ushered in huge developmental drive in our journey to nationhood and in the exercise of greatness, he voluntarily relinquished power and handed it over to a civilian administration in 1979.He returned to the presidency in 1999 from the verge of death to the flourishing tree of democracy he planted, this time as the gardener and the nourisher,” the statement said.
The forum said Obasanjo left legacies in all sectors of the economy: Nation-building, national reconciliation, the Niger Delta issue, national security, foreign policy, the telecommunications revolution, debt management, banking sector reforms, education, agriculture, health, environment, power sector reform, oil and gas development. Others are solid minerals development, tourism, war against economic and financial crimes, pension reforms etc.
The forum said it is proud to be associated with the achievements of the former leader, especially his contribution to the deepening of the nation’s fledgling democracy.
It then prayed God to grant Chief Obasanjo excellent health, courage and many more years of selfless service to Nigeria and humanity.
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