- President Buhari has joined family members and friends in celebrating Dame Virgy Etiaba, a former governor of Anambra state
- Etiaba, the first female governor, clocked 77 on Monday, November 11
- The president charged the former governor to imbue the younger generation with sound moral and education values
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former governor of Anambra state, Dame Virgy Etiaba, who is celebrating her 77th birthday on November 11, 2019.
In statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president described Etiaba as “the good teacher who completely altered the history of Nigeria as first female governor between November 2006 and February 2007’’.
"The president joins family members, friends, professional and political associates in celebrating the quintessential leader, who worked for 35 years as teacher in various schools and different parts of the country before retiring and setting up her private school to further impart knowledge and skills to younger generation.
"As Dame Etiaba turns 77, President Buhari commends her disciplined and focused life, urging her to proudly reflect on her legacy of building the nation by imbuing the younger generation with sound moral and education values," the statement read in part.
According to the president, Etiaba's historical elevation and position in Nigeria’s history is proof that there are possibilities before women who can venture out to break age-long glass ceilings.
Buhari prayed for God to continue to strengthen Dame Etiaba and grant her longer life and good health.
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Etiaba made history as the first female governor in Nigeria in 2006. She became governor following the impeachment of the previous governor, Peter Obi, for alleged gross misconduct. She lasted only three months in office before resuming her old position as deputy governor.
Meanwhile the president had on Sunday, November 10, congratulated Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly on his 65th birthday. He wished him longer life in good health and strength.’’
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