The Delta State Governor, Gov. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa has fecilitate with the former Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babangida on his 78th birthday coming up tomorrow August 17, 2019.
On Friday, Governor Okowa through a press statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, has commended the former Military General as an exceptional elder statesman who has contributed greatly to the nation and has promoted national unity.
Okowa acknowledged the role of IBB in the creation of Delta State and his pursuit of uprightness and integrity since 1993 he left office.
Okowa said that the Deltans will forever be grateful to General Ibrahim Babangida for his role in the creation of the state in the year 1991.
In his words:
“You created Delta in 1991 and as we celebrate the 28th anniversary of the creation of our dear state, we remember your astute and sagacious contributions towards the realisation of our dream.
“You had an illustrious military career which culminated in your becoming military president of the country.
“As a national icon and statesman, you occupy a special place in the hearts of the government and people of Delta, because without your benevolent act, perhaps Deltans would have still been agitating for their own state.
“So, on behalf of my family, the government and people of the state, I heartily congratulate you, our great leader and elder statesman, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, on your 78th birth anniversary.
“As a distinguished patriot and leader, you served the nation diligently in your quest to keep the unity and diversity of our beloved country.
“As you continue to age gracefully, we thank you for your kind contributions to nation-building, particularly for the creation of our dear state, Delta.
“It is my prayer that the good Lord will continue to uphold and guide you in all your future endeavours.”