By Francis Etuko

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a beacon of National unity, Peace and Progress.

This formed part of the congratulatory message sent to the former president who on Saturday turned 80 years old.

Saraki in a message forwarded to WATCHDOG news media said he is delighted on behalf of the 8th senate to join family, friends and other well wishers of Obasanjo in celebrating his entry into the club of octogenarians

His words, ‘‘ Apart from having served the country diligently, passionately and conscientiously for many decades, Chief Obasanjo has remained one of the dominant figures in national discourse’’

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Baba, for several decades, you have been one of the dominant figures in our national discourse,” Saraki said.

“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.”

He added: “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.”