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Tinubu extends best wishes to Babangida on 82nd birthday

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has conveyed his best wishes to the former military head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd.), on the occasion of his 82nd birthday.

The felicitations were expressed through a statement issued by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Wednesday.

The statement highlighted Babangida’s extensive service in various capacities within the Nigerian army, ending up in the esteemed role of Chief of Army Staff.

Notably, Babangida’s distinguished defence of the nation during the Nigerian Civil War was underscored, leaving an indelible legacy.

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See the full statement below:



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu shares in the joy of celebration with family members, friends, and associates of Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd), as the former military President turns 82 on August 17, 2023.es the former military President, who had served in many capacities in the Nigerian army with distinction and reached the peak of his career as Chief of Army Staff with indelible legacies for his gallant defense of our nationhood during the Nigerian Civil War.

The President affirms the contributions of Gen. Babangida to national development, which include the creation of many states to strengthen the federal structure, physical infrastructure, the liberalization of the media industry, and other initiatives across the health and defense sectors.

President Tinubu notes the influential position of the former Nigerian leader, who has, after 30 years outside of power, consistently remained a voice of wisdom and counsel for many political leaders, both within and outside of Nigeria.

The President prays for the continuous well-being of Gen. Babangida and his family.

Ajuri Ngelale

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 16, 2023