President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has hailed former military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd) on his 82nd birthday.
Aguri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a terse statement on Wednesday.
President Tinubu congratulated the former military President, who had served in many capacities in the Nigerian army with distinction.
The President affirmed the contributions of Gen. Babangida to national development, which include the creation of many states to strengthen the federal structure, physical infrastructure, the liberalization of the media industry, and other initiatives across the health and defense sectors.
President Tinubu noted that the influential position of the former Nigerian leader, who has, after 30 years outside of power, consistently remained a voice of wisdom and counsel for many political leaders, both within and outside of Nigeria.
Babagida was born on August 17, 1941, in Minna, Niger State.
He led the country from 1985 to 1993.