Jonathan, who made this known in a statement issued yesterday by Ikechukwu Eze, his media adviser, described Shagari as a blessing to the nation.
He said, “I am glad the Almighty Allah has blessed you with long life and good health, in line with your selfless dedication to noble causes and human progress
“You have been of immense blessing to Nigeria while serving his country in various capacities as a teacher, nationalist, politician and statesman.
“The nation will continue to be grateful to you because of your vision, wisdom, democratic ideals and outstanding achievements as president.
“Your altruism, patriotism and long-standing commitment to peace and development will continue to inspire many Nigerians to offer their best to their country.”
The former president further prayed to God to grant Shagari more productive years “to see our dear nation progress in peace, unity and prosperity.