Umahi made the felicitation in a goodwill message he sent to the President and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki on Saturday by Mr Chooks Oko, Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Strategy.
Umahi thanked Nigerians for the sacrifices they have been making to ensure the unity of the nation, despite daunting economic and security challenges in parts of the country.
“As we mark this symbolic celebration of Nigeria at 62 and Ebonyi at 26, we have the honour to convey our profound felicitations to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.
“We thank God for the unity of purpose and shared vision in our democratic journey as an independent nation.
“We congratulate fellow Nigerians for their commitment toward a progressive Nigeria, despite daunting challenges,” he added.
The governor, while recalling the various fruitful sacrifices of Ebonyi founding fathers for the creation of the state, paid glowing tributes to them and prayed posterity to reward them accordingly.
“We specially felicitate with the good people of Ebonyi on this remarkable moment of the celebration of our emancipation as a people that were once criminally neglected.
“Our founding fathers passed through thick and thin to give us freedom and a sense of hope.
We, therefore, pay homage to them as the standard bearers of the vision we share for the development of our state,’ he said.
The governor who clarified that the gamut of extraordinary achievements of his administration was in line with his convenant with God, assured that he would scale up delivery of democracy dividends within the remainder of the lifecycle of his administration.
“Our stewardship is inspired by our covenant with God to make the state one of the best economies of the nation.
“By God’s grace, we have remained faithful to our promise to deliver transparent and God-fearing governance that is based on integrity and dignity.
“We value and cherish the collaborations that stimulated our achievements and we therefore, use this medium to convey our deepest appreciation to all who stood by us,” he added.
Umahi wished Nigerians and Ebonyi residents a memorable Independence and creation anniversary celebration.