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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka, as he clocks 90 years.

Okowa, in the congratulatory message contained in a statement issued in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, described the nonagenarian as an accomplished and quintessential career diplomat and elder statesman.

He said that Olisemeka’s contributions to Nigeria’s international diplomatic relations were invaluable, adding that he left a legacy of hardwork, discipline and patriotism throughout his service to the nation.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate our father and leader, Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka on his 90th birth anniversary.

“Amb. Olisemeka had an illustrious career emerging as Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps having distinguished himself in service as Nigeria’s ambassador to nine countries, including United States of America, The Vatican and Israel.

“As a state, we are proud of your sterling attainments. You are indeed, a great patriot, a consumate and gentleman-public officer and diplomat, who is a study in contemporary diplomacy.

“You are a repository of essential diplomatic nuances and elder statesman of immense repute.

“It is our prayer that God will continue to bless you with more years in good health and accompanying wisdom for further contribution to nation-building,” Okowa stated.