By Ahmed Idris
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday felicitated with former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Eleazar Chukwuemeka Anyaoku, on his 85th birthday, January 18, 2018.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President also congratulated professional colleagues, family members and friends of the highly resourceful diplomat and elder statesman.
He said Anyaoku’s resume on international diplomacy and community development continues to inspire and instruct on the power of discipline, focus and knowledge.
As the first and so far the only African Secretary General of the Commonwealth, the President said Anyaoku contributed seminally to Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, combining his thorough understanding of the peculiarities of the political structures, with his office and international network of friends to garner support for the country’s transition.
The President also extolled Anyaoku’s unwavering patriotism and commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria as he continues to contribute to national affairs, through formal and informal advice to Presidents, including chairing the meeting that led to the adoption of the Abuja Accord, by which all the presidential candidates in 2015 committed themselves and their political parties to non-violent campaigns and acceptance of the results in good faith.
He prayed that the almighty God would grantAnyaoku, who is the Ichie Adazie of Obosi, longer life and more fruitful years to serve his country.