By Mike Odiakose
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) family on Sunday congratulated former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as he marks his 65th birthday today.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Jon Debo Ologunàgba, PDP and all patriotic Nigerians celebrate Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as an honest, forthright, humane, caring leader and Icon of Peace whose love for Nigerians and commitment to the unity, stability and development of our nation, in line with the manifesto of our great Party remain indelible in our national annals.
“Nigerians of diverse political persuasions extol President Jonathan’s peaceful personality which has been acknowledged all over the world and with which he created the conducive atmosphere, national stability and cohesion for unprecedented economic growth during his tenure as President.
“Also, in recognition of his peaceful persona he continues to be saddled with numerous foreign engagements to superintend over peace negotiations across the globe.
“The PDP is proud of President Jonathan for his achievements in key sectors including unprecedented investments and transformation in Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Real Estate, Aviation, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Electricity, revamping of the Railways and stimulating Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) leading to massive job opportunities and bequeathment of a $550 billion economy (largest in Africa and 26th globally) at the end of his very successful tenure in 2015.
“Moreover, Nigerians recognize Dr. Jonathan’s efforts in deepening our democracy, including initiating reforms that opened up the political space, allowed more citizen participation in politics and governance, promoted Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and strengthened the bond of unity, mutual respect and understanding among Nigerians.
“Nigerians will not forget President Jonathan’s display of love for the nation and the citizens when he sacrificed his personal ambition for the unity and stability of our dear fatherland after the 2015 general elections.
“On this special day, the PDP family celebrates President Jonathan and prays that God continues to increase him in wisdom and peaceful credentials to the benefit of our country in particular and humanity in general.”