Orji Uzor Kalu

Orji Kalu salutes former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar at 80

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu, has described former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) as a patriotic statesman and selfless leader with passion for a prosperous and indivisible Nigeria

Kalu, in a goodwill message issued on Monday in Abuja in honour of Abubakar who clocked 80, prayed to Allah to grant the celebrant longer life in the service of humanity.

While extolling the virtues of the former Nigerian leader, Kalu commended Abubakar for his roles in the enthronement and sustenance of democracy beyond the shores of Nigeria.

According to him, the fourth republic in Nigeria couldn’t have been possible without the support of the former Head of State.

He urged leaders to emulate the outstanding leadership qualities of the former Head of State, saying that Abubakar’s role in promoting peace and unity across the country is worthy of commendation.

Kalu said, “on behalf of the people of Abia North Senatorial district, I congratulate former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary.

“The former Nigerian leader is an accomplished statesman, genuine leader and philanthropist.

“His contributions to nation building in various capacities are enormous, remarkable and unbeatable.

“The former Head of State has sustained his goodwill and pedigree, over the years, owing to his exemplary leadership style.

“I celebrate the accomplishments of the former Head of State in all facets of life”.

Kalu wished him many more rewarding years ahead in sound health.

Abubakar, who was born on June 13, 1942, served as Head of State after succeeding late Gen. Sani Abacha and handed over to a democratically elected government in 1999.