Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has felicitated with former Chief of Defence, Martin Agwai, a retired lieutenant-general, on his 70th birthday anniversary.
At an event to mark Mr Agwai’s birthday on Friday in Abuja, Mr Obasanjo described him as a clever officer.
Mr Obasanjo said, “During my watch, Mr Agwai moved from being the Chief of Army Staff to be the Chief of Defence Staff.
“When I still believed we needed him, the international community believed they needed him more than we did. I had to reluctantly let him go.
The former president noted that the celebrator performed creditably to the extent that he became the adviser to Secretary-General of the United Nations, on military matters.
Mr Obasanjo also described Mr Agwai as an icon as far as military service was concerned in Nigeria and in the international community.
“He is a man of his people, an intellectual in his own right.
“When we have leaders like Agwai, we should count ourselves lucky. We should squeeze them and get the best from them.
“He has always made himself available any time. We need to make use of these qualities in Agwai.”
He also commended Mr Agwai for the good work he had been doing in supporting democracy, both within and outside Nigeria.
“You have been recorded by history as a Nigerian who embodies all the highpoints of our national achievements.”
Speaking on behalf of the friends of the celebrator, Justice Stephen Makeri, also described Mr Agwai as a global icon.
“May you continue to strive in all you want,” Makeri prayed.