Anambra State Governor-elect Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo has sent a warm congratulatory message to Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations on the occasion of his 89th birthday anniversary.
In a statement from his media office signed by Joe Anatune, Prof Soludo said it gives him utmost joy and happiness to join the nation and the people of Anambra State to rejoice and celebrate with Chief Emeka Anyaoku on his 89th birthday anniversary.
The Governor-elect described Chief Anyaoku as an international icon and exceptional diplomat who has distinguished himself as one of the most respected diplomats in the world.
Soludo said Chief Anyaoku’s exceptional qualities as a fine career-diplomat of the first order, became evident when he was elected as the third Commonwealth Secretary-General, thus becoming the first Nigerian, the first African and the first blackman to occupy the exalted postion of the Commonwealth of Nations Secretary-General.
Soludo further stated that Chief Anyaoku’s remarkable display of brilliance and penchant for excellence and hardwork propelled his meteoric rise at the Commonwealth, culminating in his reaching the apex of the organisation.
The Governor-elect also commended the celebrant’s achievements as the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, describing it as numerous and outstanding; especially in the areas of helping member nations in facilitating and strengthening of democracy, rule of law and accountable governance.
Soludo also recalled Chief Anyaoku’s inspiring role during the Apartheid years in South Africa, describing his positive leadership role in securing the end of Apartheid in South Africa as highly remarkable and worthy of commendation.
On the home front, Soludo said Chief Anyaoku’s selfless contributions to the peace and unity of the country and his home state, Anambra State, equally remain highly commendable.
Prof Soludo therefore prayed to God to grant the celebrant long life in good health and more years of service to humanity and fatherland.