The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki has described former President, Olusegun Obasanjo as a dominant figure in national discourse for decades.
Saraki made the remark while paying tribute to Obasanjo on his 80th birthday anniversary.
In a statement he issued on Saturday, the Senate President said Obasanjo’s drive for “national unity, peace, and progress” had made him a dominant figure for decades in Nigeria.
He commended the former Head of State for serving the country diligently, passionately and conscientiously.
According to Saraki, “Baba, for several decades, you have been one of the dominant figures in our national discourse.
“On several fronts, you have served the nation diligently, conscientiously and passionately. In fact, you remain a beacon of our national unity, peace and progress.
“It is for these reasons and many more that we pray to Almighty God to continue to give you good health, great wisdom and the unflinching grace to serve your country, Africa and humanity in general for many more years.”
The senate president said he was delighted, on behalf of the 8th Senate, to join family, friends and numerous well-wishers of Obasanjo, in celebrating his entry into the elite club of octogenarians.