President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Nigeria’s Consul-General in Johannesburg, South Africa, Godwin Adakole Adama, on his 60th birthday, congratulating him for many years of courageous and meritorious service to the nation.
The President, in a congratulatory message released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday, joined family, friends and professional colleagues of the diplomat in celebrating the landmark age.
The president noted Adama’s landmark age was largely coloured by more than three decades of working with the public service, with postings in Nigeria’s foreign missions, which included United Kingdom, Republic of Greece and Republic of Benin.
President Buhari commended Adama’s maturity and skilful handling of the political transition in 2015 at the Presidential Villa as Director of Protocol, under the Office of the State Chief of Protocol to the President (SCOP), ”underscoring the sleepless nights that went into preparations, managing people and resources to ensure a hitch-free handing over, and stabilization of the new government, from 2015-2017.”
He also extolled the diplomat for the key role he played in safeguarding lives and assets of Nigerians while serving as Consul-General in South Africa.
He noted that Adama effectively facilitated evacuation and provision of an enabling environment for both Nigeria and South Africa to reconcile and continue their brotherly relationship in 2019.
President Buhari prayed that the almighty God would reward the hardwork and sacrifices of the Foreign Service Officer, and grant him more years of strength and good health.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)