Peter Obi has described former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as his elder brother and leader.
Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, made the remark while felicitating with Atiku on his 77th birthday.
He commended Atiku, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election, for his many contributions to the socio-political and economic development of Nigeria “and in particular your unique role in deepening our nation’s democracy”.
Obi made the remark in a post on X, titled: “Your Excellency, My Very dear Respected Elder Brother and leader, Alhaji
@atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, I rejoice with you as you mark your 77th birthday today.”
Obi wrote: “You have undoubtedly positively impacted the nation’s economic growth through your various business establishments which not only create jobs for our people but add to our overall national productivity.
“You have also through your educational institutions continued to add to the growth of education and man-power development in our country.
“In this field you have added tremendous value to all tiers of education through your investment in institutions at all levels: primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Your many scholarship awards to students have expanded opportunities to the indigent.
“You have contributed to pulling people out of poverty through your business establishments which not only create jobs for our people but add to our overall national productivity.
“May God grant you more wisdom to continue to contribute to the progress of our dear nation and to grant you more healthy and fruitful years ahead as you age gracefully. Happy birthday Sir. -PO”