The former vice president of the country, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, stated that the nation owes ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
He added that no Nigerian has bestrode the country’s political space as positively and purposefully as the former president.
Atiku, who served as the vice president to Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007, made the statement in a tribute to the 83rd birthday of the former military brass.
“From Congo, to South Africa, to Angola, to Liberia and São Tomé and Príncipe, your democratic fingerprints on the African continent are indelible.
“You have served and still serve as a beacon of democracy and a guardian of constitutionality.
“Nigeria owes you a debt that we cannot pay because you led us to pay the foreign debts that we could not imagine paying. By that singular action, you planted trees for generations yet unborn.
“You hold the enviable and esteemed record of being the first African military ruler to have voluntarily, and without internal and external pressure, restored power to the government democratically elected by the Nigerian people.
“It was not your will to be in office, but it was your will to bequeath democracy to Nigeria. And after 21 years of the Fourth Republic, Nigeria has cause to celebrate your democratic credentials,” Atiku stated.