‘I still hold him in high esteem’ — Buhari hails Obasanjo at 82

President Muhammadu Buhari says he will continue to hold ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo in high regard irrespective of their differences.

Buhari spoke in a felicitation message issued on his behalf by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, during Obasanjo’s 82nd birthday anniversary.

According to the statement, Buhari said Obasanjo’s contributions to Nigeria overshadows the differences between both men.

Obasanjo opposed the re-election bid of Buhari and has remained a strong critic of the president.

On Tuesday, Obasanjo said he would not desist from criticising Buhari because he is his boss.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as “a passionate and great patriot who deserves accolades for his immeasurable contributions to our democracy and national unity,” the statement read.

“Regardless of our political differences with Obasanjo, I still hold him in the highest esteem because his contributions to the development of the country overshadow those differences.

“Chief Obasanjo gave a good account of himself and inspired his juniors with his wit and other leadership skills.

“Nigeria’s successful transition to democratic rule in October 1979 was one of Obasanjo’s remarkable contributions to national development.

“As he celebrates his 82nd Birthday Anniversary, I wish Chief Obasanjo more good health, knowledge and wisdom in the service of Nigeria and humanity.”