Nigeria's 14th leader Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan was born yesterday, November 20, 56 years ago. To honour of the occasion, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held a brief ceremony before its weekly meeting.
The President was absent, as he, it will be recalled, has left for London, United Kingdom, to preside over a three-day meeting of Honourary International Investors' Council (HIIC).
Vice President Namadi Sambo said Jonathan is a "gift to the nation," and went on hailing President's style of leadership and his commitment to transform Nigeria.
"We are privileged Nigerians sharing from the grace of God upon his life," Vice President stated. "There is no doubt that the great destiny of this man has helped our individual destiny.
"What really can we give him in return but only to thank God for his life, but to also commend him to the guidance, protection and the care of God.
"We will continue to pray that Mr President succeeds in this noble course of transforming our dear country."
Special prayers on behalf of the Council were offered by Ministers of Transport and Agriculture, Sen. Idris Umar and Dr Akinwumi Adesina, respectively.
Before cutting the birthday cake, the Council, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, also entrusted the Vice President with a birthday card for onward presentation to the President.
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan was born in Otueke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Our President is a Zoology BS degree holder, he also holds an MSc degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology, and a PhD degree in Zoology. Before entering politics in 1998, he served as education inspector, lecturer, and environmental-protection officer.
Prior to his role as President, he served as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Governor of Bayelsa State and Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Jonathan has two children together with his wife Patience.