Buhari greets ex-Plateau military gov Atukum at 80

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the former Military Governor of Plateau State, retired Rear Admiral Samuel Bitrus Atukum, on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary.

President Buhari, in a statement issued Saturday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described Atukum as “one of the most dedicated military officers that had served under me as Head of State.”

The president said that the former military governor “belongs to a crop of officers whose zeal for duty and patriotism was impressive and worthy of emulation.”

Buhari, while paying glowing tribute to the retired military officer, said he was “particularly impressed by the fact that Atukum had put professionalism and patriotism above other interests in the service of his country, and Nigeria cannot forget his sacrifices in the defence of its territorial integrity”.

“As you savour the joy of this occasion, I pray to God to bless you with better health and longer life. I am proud of you and your service to Nigeria. I appeal to you not to hesitate to offer us your invaluable advice whenever necessary,” he said.

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