Buhari salutes retired Rear Admiral Atukum at 80




President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the former Military Governor of Plateau, retired Rear Admiral Samuel Atukum, on his 80th birthday.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari described Atukum as “one of the most dedicated military officers that served under me as Head of State”.

The president said that the former military governor “belongs to a crop of officers whose zeal for duty and patriotism was impressive and worthy of emulation”.

While paying a glowing tribute to the retired military officer, Buhari said: “I am particularly impressed by the fact that Atukum had put professionalism and patriotism above other interests in the service of his country. Nigeria cannot forget his sacrifices in the defence of its territorial integrity.

“As you savour the joy of this occasion, I pray to God to bless you with better health and longer life.

”I am proud of you and your service to Nigeria. I appeal to you not to hesitate to offer us your invaluable advice whenever necessary.” (NAN)

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