Remain strong, icon of democracy, Fintiri tells Jonathan @63

Onimisi Alao Yola


Governor of Adamawa State, Rt Hon Ahmadu Fintiri, has identified with former President Goodluck Jonathan as the former president marks his 63rd birthday.

Fintiri described Jonathan as an epitome of humility and an icon of democracy who will be long remembered for selflessness and love for country over personal interests.

Fintiri said in a message to journalists through his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou that as former President Goodluck Jonathan marks his 63rd birthday Friday November 20, he would be remembered for his exemplary character and sacrifice for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.

The governor quoted Goodluck Jonathan’s famous remark, ‘My ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian,’ and described Jonathan as a rare son of Africa.

“Your commitment to Nigerian nationhood remains outstanding and commendable. Today, Africa celebrates your sacrifice for nation and democracy,” Fintiri said.

Fintiri added that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to peace has seen him working as ECOWAS peace envoy to Mali.

 “You are a person of great integrity and deep dignity and extraordinary courage. Your courage has helped in no small measure in deepening democracy on the continent,” Fintiri said.

He commended Jonathan’s God fearing posture amid sit tight leaders in and around Africa. “I’m glad to add my comments to the many who wish you a happy birthday. Thank you for setting examples of working in good faith in finding common ground,” Governor Fintiri said, praying for long life, good health and strength for former President Goodluck Jonathan to do more for the continent.

Fintiri added: “Your love for Nigeria and commitment to her unity, stability and good governance is worthy of emulation by all. Nigeria owes you a debt that her people cannot pay. Happy birthday, the quintessential African politician.”