Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Berje, in Minna on Sunday, described the former military leader as “a full of drive, passionate and commitment to the corporate existence of the country as an entity.
He also described Abdulsalami as “a courageous, generous, compassionate, and a selfless leader who kept aside his personal ambition to midwife the nation return to democratic governance which earned him the titled a father of democracy.’’
He noted that Abudlsalami’s role had remained consistent in the growth and development of Niger state in particular and the country as a whole.
The governor commended his continued advice to the state, noting that such has been unparalleled and highly appreciated.
Bello thanked the Almighty God for a life of great fulfillment and accomplishment and prayed God to bless his new age and grant him many more years in good health and wisdom to continue to do more for the state, country and humanity.
“Our Dear General, as you mark your 78th birthday, we join millions of Nigerians to celebrate with you on this important day of your life.
“At 78, you have touched the lives of many people in many positive ways and contributed immensely to the development of this great nation in many spheres of our national life.
“Your various contributions to the unity of this country both in war and peace times, especially the Peace forum project initiated by your centre, has gone a long way in setting standards for democracy in Nigeria.
“We believe you still have a lot to offer Nigerians and this is why we join members of your family, friends and numerous admirers to wish you many more years of good health, wisdom and selfless service to God and humanity, ” he said.(NAN)