President Muhammadu Buhari has warmly rejoiced with a seasoned diplomat and administrator, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, on his 88th birthday (January 18, 2021).
Buhari congratulated the former Secretary General of the Commonwealth on a life that “keeps learning and growing in wisdom, knowledge and experience.”
In a statement, Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said President Buhari acknowledged the worthy contributions of Chief Anyaoku to the development of the country, starting out as a young Foreign Service Officer, and reaching the pinnacle of his career through vision and diligence, and consistently projecting Nigeria as a great nation.
Adesina said the President extolled the statesmanship of Chief Anyaoku in always counselling leaders and the citizenry alike, particularly bringing a global context to issues and policies, and using his extensive network of international friends to support the country’s efforts in deepening good governance, democracy and sustainable development.
He said as the former Commonwealth Secretary General turned 88, President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God would strengthen him in good health, and “grant him the grace for greater support to the nation he loves so much.”