President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, have extolled the leadership qualities of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
They agreed that the erstwhile President of the Senate, has all it takes to be entrusted with higher responsibilities in the future.
Speaking separately at an event in Abuja to honour Anyim on the occasion of his 61st birthday, they described him as a humble leader with a large heart who believes in the unity of Nigeria.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Buhari, stated that at various times while serving in different capacities, Anyim rose to the challenge of leadership by putting the nation first.
“Senator Pius Anyim is a patriotic Nigerian who always puts his nation first and he is one of stabilizing voices we have today in the politics of our country. This he has demonstrated in a number of times, but the one that stands out and still echoes with me was his insistence that elected officers should always stay a single term and he kept to his word by not seeking for re-election to the Senate, after the expiration of his first term as Senator and Senate President in 2003.
On his part, Jonathan who was the chairman of the occasion described Anyim as a unique leader who never allowed the trappings of office to get into his head.
He noted the sheer number of people gathered at the International Conference Centre to honour Anyim was an indication of the trust Nigerians reposed in his years after leaving the office as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“Some people are very busy and on most Saturdays, some people don’t like to wake up early. For you to have gathered these numbers as early as this time today means a lot.
“We thank God for you today, your wife, your children, all your friends, with all of us here your friends, otherwise, we wouldn’t have been here to celebrate you today. You are a Government somebody that I know a little.
“You were the Senate President when I was the governor of Bayelsa State and I remembered you visited me in the house one day and of course by divine providence, you became the engine of my government as my Secretary to the government of the Federation.
“The first day I became President, Anyim Pius Anyim wanted to be chairman of PDP and he came to me with a lot of dreams and we spoke. I may not bother you with the details but he was never the chairman of PDP”.