President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sen. Ike Nwachukwu, on his 80th birthday, Sept. 1, 2020, saluting the statesman for distinguished service to the nation.
The president’s congratulatory, according to his spokesmen, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday was conveyed via a letter addressed to Nwachukwu.
In the letter to the former minister, the president said:
“Please accept my warm greetings and hearty felicitation on your 80th birthday.
“On behalf of the Federal Executive Council and all Nigerians, I am delighted to share this auspicious moment of great joy, deep reflection and thanksgiving with you.
“Your contribution to nation-building has been most remarkable, exemplary and commendable, particularly your service as Minister of Employment, Labour and Productivity, twice appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, with an exceptional diplomatic profile, military governor and Senator in the Fourth Republic.
“In all the public offices you served, which include a meritorious and highly decorated military career, transitioning into political appointments, elected position and a towering credential of achievements in the international community, your trademark honesty, integrity and forthrightness shone brilliantly.
“Your love for our country and its citizens, and desire for a greater Nigeria continuously propels your courage, dedication and diligence.
“Your attainment of this golden age, marks continued progression within select group elders whose mien reaffirms the values of what is best among us.
“Our nation is indeed proud of you. Happy birthday!’’
Supreme reports that Nwachukwu, a retired army general, was the military Governor of the old Imo State, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Foreign Affairs Minister and a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, (AFRC).
He represented Abia North Senatorial District in the Senate between 1999 and 2003 on the ticket of the PDP.
Nwachukwu was in the NPRC in 2005 and served in the Committee on Models and Structure of Government.