The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has paid tribute to former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, for his undiluted patriotism and commitment to the stability, development and cohesiveness of the country. Obasanjo has just attained 83.
The party, in statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Chief Obasanjo was a global leader and quintessential nationalist, who placed equity, fairness, transparency as well as democratic values of inclusiveness and the rule of law over every primordial and sectional interest.
The main opposition party in the country stressed that Nigerians, including generations yet unborn, would continue to celebrate Chief Obasanjo for his administrative ingenuity that led to the nurturing of the nation’s democracy, settling of Nigeria’s agonizing foreign debt as well as creating very healthy governance policies that lifted rhe country from a debtor and pariah nation to becoming one of the leading economies,.
The party said that under Obasanjo’s leadership, Nigerua became a strong voice in the comity of nations, in line with the vision and manifestos of the PDP.
The party added that the Obasanjo-led PDP administration unarguably revolutionized the critical sectors and made the nation an investment hub with attendant economic prosperity particularly in telecommunication, agriculture, banking, manufacturing, education, real estate, railways, road infrastructure, electricity, oil and gas, commerce, aviation, health, and rural development, among others.
“Under the Chief Obasanjo-led PDP administration, Nigerians were economically empowered; welfare of citizens and job creation were prioritized, leading to establishment of various social intervention schemes, massive employment opportunities and a vibrant pension system.
“The Obasanjo-led PDP administration also built very strong regulatory institutions including establishing our anti-corruption agencies as well as a well-motivated security system,” Ologbondiyan said
The party noted that Chief Obasanjo’s active participation in current national issues, even at the age of 83, especially in standing on the side of the people and speaking out against injustice, official manipulations, electoral malpractices, harsh government policies and escalated insecurity, stood him out as a true leader and statesman.
The PDP congratulated the former President on his 83rd birthday and prayed God to continue to bless him and strengthen him so that the nation would continue to benefit from his wealth of experience and patriotism.