By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent warm greetings to former Ogun State Governor and Chief of General Staff (CGS), Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya, on his 75th birthday today, highlighting his many years of meritorious service to the nation.
In a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President felicitated with family members, friends, professional colleagues and associates of the former Number Two man, whose military career saw him successfully handling sensitive and strategic leadership positions as General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Commandant, National War College (1991–1993) and Chief of Defence Staff.
The President affirmed that Gen. Diya’s gallantry, rich intellectual background and penchant for research contributed to the structure and operations of the Nigerian Army, especially in tackling security challenges within the country, and the West Coast region.
As the former CGS turns 75, the President believed the nation has benefitted from his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience, urging him to stay relevant by providing counsels to military formations and officers.
The President prayed that the almighty God will grant Gen. Diya longer life, good health and continue to bless his family.