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Jonathan eulogises Ooni of Ife at 85


Abuja-  President Goodluck Jonathan has described the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, as one of the country’s most revered royal fathers.

This is contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati in Abuja on Wednesday.

“Jonathan’s remark is contained in a congratulatory letter to the monarch on his 85th birthday coming up on Jan. 1.’’

It quoted the president as praising Sijuwade’s “unwavering dedication to the highest ideals in his distinguished reign as the Ooni of Ife.

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“On the occasion of your 85th birthday anniversary, I write to extend warm felicitations to Your Majesty on behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Yours has been a life truly worthy of celebration, you have always readily availed our administration of your wise counsel and invaluable support.

“This is as we work assiduously to reposition our dear nation for enduring peace, security, accelerated growth and development.

“For this, we owe you a debt of gratitude. As you celebrate this glorious anniversary, I join your family, the good people of the historic kingdom of Ife, friends, protégés and well-wishers to thank God for your life.

“It is my prayer that He continues to guide, guard and prosper you, even as He blesses you with many more years of good health and personal fulfilment.’’ (NAN)

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